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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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

116 %
16% slightly better overall score
100 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

134 %
5% slightly better gaming score
127 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

111 %
20% slightly better multitasking score
92 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

109 %
19% slightly better heavy workload score
91 %

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Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

11% slightly higher Blender 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

3.6 GHz
49% significantly higher clock speed
2.4 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5.1 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


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


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

15th of 1,240
22nd of 1,240


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


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


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 16 cores compared to 12 cores 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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