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

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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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 352
$ 282.66 significantly less expensive
$ 635

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

144 %
3% slightly better overall score
139 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

162 %
3% slightly better gaming score
157 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

138 %
3% slightly better multitasking score
133 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

136 %
3% slightly better heavy workload score
132 %

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Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

12
16
33% slightly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

20
24
20% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
49% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

190 W
65 W
192% significantly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

20
Identical
20

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
Identical
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

960 KiB
1,280 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

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

4th of 1,326
10th of 1,326

Family

The product line

12th Generation Core i7
12th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2021
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR5-4800
DDR5-4800

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

Yes
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Core i7-12700K vs Core i9-12900F benchmarks

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

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i9-12900F has slightly more cores than the Core i7-12700K. Indeed the Core i9-12900F has 12 compared to 16 found in the Core i7-12700K. It also has more threads than the Core i7-12700K. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-12700K has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900F. Despite this, the Core i9-12900F has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i9-12900F outputs less heat than Core i7-12700K thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i7-12700K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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