Average Bench: 117% (30th of 1452)

Based on 66,991 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF00090672 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900K

Intel’s 16-core flagship Alder Lake i9-12900K processor delivers a staggering performance improvement over it's predecessor (+70% 64-core). It features a new hybrid architecture which combines eight hyper-threaded performance cores with eight efficiency cores for a total of 24 threads. Alder Lake CPUs will require a new Z690 chipset which supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. At an MRSP of $590 USD, the i9-12900K is aimed at power users who demand the best of the best. That said, Intel’s 10-core 12600K matches the 12900K’s performance for the majority of consumer use cases at a 50% price discount. [Nov '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-12900K averaged 16.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i9-12900K near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 2,804Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 814Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 16.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-12900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Memory Latency 80.8Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,516Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 66,991 samples)
Min Avg Max
67.9 Memory 80.8 92.2
199 1-Core 207 218
397 2-Core 412 436
121% 233 Pts
Min Avg Max
762 4-Core 814 858
1,302 8-Core 1,516 1,655
139% 1,165 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,483 64-Core 2,804 2,996
174% 2,804 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.3
1-Core 209
2-Core 418
124% 239 Pts
4-Core 830
8-Core 1,549
142% 1,190 Pts
64-Core 2,930
181% 2,930 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 215
2-Core 433
126% 244 Pts
4-Core 851
8-Core 1,600
146% 1,226 Pts
64-Core 2,971
184% 2,971 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.9
1-Core 202
2-Core 409
119% 231 Pts
4-Core 808
8-Core 1,566
141% 1,187 Pts
64-Core 2,829
175% 2,829 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.1
1-Core 210
2-Core 418
121% 235 Pts
4-Core 822
8-Core 1,611
144% 1,217 Pts
64-Core 2940
182% 2940 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.6
1-Core 193
2-Core 357
109% 208 Pts
4-Core 705
8-Core 1,227
117% 966 Pts
64-Core 1781
110% 1781 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 67,964,744 CPUs tested


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Gaming 232%
Desktop 116%
Workstation 272%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 - $397

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,441

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 2 years ago.


4 months ago.

i have it and its an awesome processor


3 months ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


6 months ago.

Amazing for the price. There's no point going the AMD route nowadays as Intel offers more compatibility (DDR4) and much better price to performance. Not sure why anyone would spend more for a worse processor.


2 years ago.


10 months ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


18 months ago.

Magnificent performance , the best Intel Processor I've experienced


2 years ago.

This one easily beat 5950X in terms of pure power. Massive gain in multi core performance make it best component for workstation. However, for gaming, 12700K would be better choice. Less TDP (which can spare more power for GPU) and less price tag.


2 years ago.

Very Good Performance and even thermal efficiency , on a mid-range water cooler ( nzxt x53) , best value processor coming before the 12700k

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