Average Bench: 117% (6th of 1363)

Based on 40,219 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 16.5% 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 Speed 2,833Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 809Pts

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 81.6Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,532Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 40,219 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.4 Memory 81.6 93.4
202 1-Core 210 224
383 2-Core 411 443
121% 234 Pts
Min Avg Max
729 4-Core 809 866
1,304 8-Core 1,532 1,670
139% 1,170 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,116 64-Core 2,833 3,067
175% 2,833 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 90
1-Core 213
2-Core 425
126% 243 Pts
4-Core 813
8-Core 1,430
135% 1,122 Pts
64-Core 2,924
181% 2,924 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 83
1-Core 212
2-Core 424
124% 240 Pts
4-Core 842
8-Core 1,628
146% 1,235 Pts
64-Core 2,950
183% 2,950 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.7
1-Core 211
2-Core 422
124% 239 Pts
4-Core 830
8-Core 1,582
143% 1,206 Pts
64-Core 2,920
181% 2,920 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 209
2-Core 414
122% 236 Pts
4-Core 822
8-Core 1,613
144% 1,217 Pts
64-Core 2,892
179% 2,892 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.2
1-Core 213
2-Core 408
121% 233 Pts
4-Core 822
8-Core 1,631
145% 1,226 Pts
64-Core 2,940
182% 2,940 Pts
CPU0, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.2
1-Core 213
2-Core 428
122% 239 Pts
4-Core 838
8-Core 1,532
142% 1,185 Pts
64-Core 2,945
182% 2,945 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.4
1-Core 209
2-Core 414
118% 232 Pts
4-Core 816
8-Core 1,572
142% 1,194 Pts
64-Core 2,779
172% 2,779 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.3
1-Core 203
2-Core 401
114% 224 Pts
4-Core 790
8-Core 1,358
130% 1,074 Pts
64-Core 2,891
179% 2,891 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $590 @ launch in Oct '21
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Typical Core i9-12900K Builds (Compare 4,730 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 262%
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Desktop
Desktop 117%
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Workstation
Workstation 310%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 - $290

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,840

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 11 months ago.

Excellent

11 days ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


Good

10 months ago.


Good

3 months ago.

Very powerful with 3.2GHz clock speed, awesome for gaming and lots of cores


Good

8 months ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


Excellent

2 months ago.

amazing psu, this is a very good price for a strong gpu. I really like these types of ram kits, they are amazing.


Excellent

11 months 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

10 months 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.


Good

7 months 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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