Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i9-12900KF

Compare Intel 12th Generation Core i9 16 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

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$ 601
$ 548
$ 53.61 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

164 %
9% slightly better overall score
150 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

172 %
2% slightly better gaming score
167 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

162 %
11% slightly better multitasking score
145 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

161 %
11% slightly better heavy workload score
144 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

17,253
0% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
17,104

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,988
1% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
1,963

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

18,180
2% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score
17,719

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

16
Identical
16

Threads

Number of logical processing units

24
Identical
24

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
Identical
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
Identical
5 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

241 W
Identical
241 W

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

1,280 KiB
Identical
1,280 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

30 MiB
Identical
30 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

1st of 1,327
2nd of 1,327

Family

The product line

12th Generation Core i9
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

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 i9-12900K vs Core i9-12900KF benchmarks

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

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores and the same number of threads. Both the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF have the same clock speed. In addition, both chips have the same 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.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i9-12900K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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