Average Bench: 115% (1st of 1323)

Based on 1,682 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 15.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 2,972Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,523Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 17.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-12900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 83.5Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 783Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,682 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.1 Memory 83.5 95.3
192 1-Core 202 214
374 2-Core 398 423
122% 228 Pts
Min Avg Max
733 4-Core 783 830
1,375 8-Core 1,523 1,642
142% 1,153 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,275 64-Core 2,972 3,192
200% 2,972 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 218
2-Core 433
133% 248 Pts
4-Core 832
8-Core 1,565
149% 1,198 Pts
64-Core 3,162
212% 3,162 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.9
1-Core 208
2-Core 406
128% 236 Pts
4-Core 796
8-Core 1,585
146% 1,190 Pts
64-Core 3,075
206% 3,075 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.6
1-Core 198
2-Core 396
124% 229 Pts
4-Core 792
8-Core 1,589
146% 1,191 Pts
64-Core 3,068
206% 3,068 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 80
1-Core 206
2-Core 411
124% 232 Pts
4-Core 817
8-Core 1,618
150% 1,218 Pts
64-Core 3,100
208% 3,100 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.9
1-Core 198
2-Core 384
117% 219 Pts
4-Core 772
8-Core 1,517
141% 1,145 Pts
64-Core 2,967
199% 2,967 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $590 @ launch in Oct '21
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Typical Core i9-12900K Builds (Compare 359 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 260%
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Desktop
Desktop 115%
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Workstation
Workstation 315%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,970

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 1 month ago.

Good

13 days ago.

DDR5 support will be a game changer. Trust me, it will.


Good

30 days ago.


Excellent

30 days ago.

its faster than my old ryzen 9 5950x


Excellent

4 days ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


Excellent

1 month ago.

very fast cpu 10 nm architecture with DDR5 ram support , has i9 10980xe and r9 5950x multicore speeds , and extremely fast single core 220 pts


Excellent

23 days 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.


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