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.