AMD Ryzen 9 5900 vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 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

142 %
164 %
15% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

108 %
172 %
59% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

156 %
162 %
3% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

164 %
1% slightly better heavy workload score
161 %

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Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

12
16
33% slightly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

24
Identical
24

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
10% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
270% significantly lower TDP
241 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
1,280 KiB
66% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
113% significantly more L3 cache
30 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

7th of 1,327
1st of 1,327

Family

The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
12th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2021
November 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR5-4800

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

-
Yes

Ryzen 9 5900 vs Core i9-12900K benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Core i9-12900K beats the Ryzen 9 5900 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 9 5900 in all gaming tests too.

With info from our database, we find that the Core i9-12900K has slightly more cores with 16 cores whereas the Ryzen 9 5900 has 12 cores. But they both have the same number of threads. Our comparison shows that the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 9 5900. Also, the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5900 CPU outputs less heat than a Core i9-12900K CPU because of its 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 Ryzen 9 5900 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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