Intel Core i9-9900K vs Intel Core i7-12700F

Compare Intel 9th Generation Core i9 8 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i7 12 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 587.00
$ 288.80
$ 298.20 significantly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

70 %
107 %
52% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

86 %
122 %
41% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

65 %
102 %
56% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

64 %
101 %
57% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

44% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

35% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

23% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

40% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

49% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

25% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.6 GHz
9% slightly higher clock speed
3.3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed
4.9 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

95 W
65 W
46% significantly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

25% slightly more pcie lanes

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

512 KiB
960 KiB
87% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
25 MiB
56% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

75th of 1,219
16th of 1,219


The product line

9th Generation Core i9
12th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2018
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 i9-9900K vs Core i7-12700F comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-12700F is faster than the Core i9-9900K. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i9-9900K in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-12700F has significantly more cores with 12 cores compared to the Core i9-9900K that has 8 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i9-9900K. Our comparison shows that the Core i9-9900K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-12700F. Also, the Core i9-9900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i7-12700F outputs less heat than Core i9-9900K 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 i9-9900K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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