Core i9-10900 vs Core i7-12700 comparison
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-12700 performs better than the Core i9-10900. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i9-10900 in all gaming tests too.
When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-12700 has slightly more cores with 12 cores compared to the Core i9-10900 that has 10 cores. But they both have the same number of threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i7-12700 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-10900. Despite this, the Core i9-10900 has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). 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 i9-10900 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.