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

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

118 %
123 %
4% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

137 %
139 %
1% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

112 %
119 %
6% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

110 %
117 %
6% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

9% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score
Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

16% slightly higher Blender score
Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Geekbench 5 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

14% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (multi) score
Geekbench 5 (single) score

Geekbench 5 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

3% slightly higher Geekbench 5 (single) score
Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Geekbench 6 (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

14% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (multi) score
Geekbench 6 (single) score

Geekbench 6 (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

3% slightly higher Geekbench 6 (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

3.6 GHz
12% slightly higher clock speed
3.2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5.2 GHz
4% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

190 W
26% slightly 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

12th of 1,240
11th 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
November 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Core i7-12700KF vs Core i9-12900KF specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i9-12900KF is faster than the Core i7-12700KF. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-12700KF in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i9-12900KF has slightly more cores than the Core i7-12700KF. Indeed, the Core i9-12900KF has 16 cores compared to 12 cores found in the Core i7-12700KF. It also has more threads than the Core i7-12700KF. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i7-12700KF has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900KF. Despite this, the Core i9-12900KF has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i7-12700KF CPU outputs less heat than a Core i9-12900KF CPU because of its slightly 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 i7-12700KF has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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