Average Bench: 114% (1st of 1337)

Based on 8,420 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 14.3% 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 2,965Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,511Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 17.7%. 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 82.7Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 779Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,420 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.5 Memory 82.7 94.1
191 1-Core 202 217
363 2-Core 396 425
122% 227 Pts
Min Avg Max
705 4-Core 779 834
1,327 8-Core 1,511 1,637
141% 1,145 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,296 64-Core 2,965 3,211
199% 2,965 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 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.4
1-Core 210
2-Core 412
129% 239 Pts
4-Core 811
8-Core 1,600
148% 1,205 Pts
64-Core 3,191
214% 3,191 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.3
1-Core 205
2-Core 408
126% 234 Pts
4-Core 817
8-Core 1,617
150% 1,217 Pts
64-Core 3,148
211% 3,148 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.5
1-Core 199
2-Core 406
122% 229 Pts
4-Core 800
8-Core 1,629
149% 1,214 Pts
64-Core 3,180
213% 3,180 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.6
1-Core 201
2-Core 404
121% 228 Pts
4-Core 796
8-Core 1,569
146% 1,182 Pts
64-Core 3,059
205% 3,059 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.3
1-Core 193
2-Core 387
118% 221 Pts
4-Core 774
8-Core 1,468
139% 1121 Pts
64-Core 2,970
199% 2,970 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.1
1-Core 210
2-Core 407
123% 232 Pts
4-Core 788
8-Core 1,552
144% 1,170 Pts
64-Core 3,073
206% 3,073 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.7
1-Core 199
2-Core 413
119% 228 Pts
4-Core 793
8-Core 1,511
143% 1,152 Pts
64-Core 2,919
196% 2,919 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.8
1-Core 168
2-Core 421
115% 223 Pts
4-Core 754
8-Core 1,506
139% 1,130 Pts
64-Core 2,205
148% 2,205 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.4
1-Core 194
2-Core 387
116% 218 Pts
4-Core 773
8-Core 1,494
140% 1,134 Pts
64-Core 3,003
202% 3,003 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $590 @ launch in Oct '21
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Typical Core i9-12900K Builds (Compare 1,207 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 258%
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Desktop
Desktop 114%
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Workstation
Workstation 313%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,935

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 3 months ago.

Excellent

6 days ago.

it's a good cpu but it so expénive


Excellent

6 days ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


Excellent

28 days ago.

Intel give you the best gaming performance whenever your gaming at your highest


Good

2 months ago.


Excellent

2 months ago.

its faster than my old ryzen 9 5950x


Good

14 days ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


Excellent

2 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

2 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.


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