Intel Core i7-12700 vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Compare Intel 12th Generation Core i7 12 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i9 16 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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$ 400.47
$ 351.01
$ 49.46 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

96 %
134 %
39% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

119 %
144 %
21% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

88 %
131 %
48% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

87 %
131 %
50% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

20% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score
Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

28% slightly higher Blender score
Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

59% significantly higher Geekbench 5 (multi) score
Geekbench 5 (single) score

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

42% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score



Number of physical processing units

33% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

20% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.3 GHz
3% slightly higher clock speed
3.2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.9 GHz
5.2 GHz
6% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
270% significantly lower TDP
241 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots


Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

960 KiB
1280 KiB
33% slightly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

25 MiB
30 MiB
20% slightly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

25th of 1,239
8th of 1,239


The product line

12th Generation Core i7
12th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2022
November 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i7-12700 vs Core i9-12900K comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i9-12900K beats the Core i7-12700 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-12700 in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i9-12900K has slightly more cores with 16 cores compared to the Core i7-12700 that has 12 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i7-12700. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-12700 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900K. Despite this, the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i7-12700 CPU outputs less heat than a Core i9-12900K CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i7-12700 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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