Ryzen 9 5900X vs Core i7-12700K benchmarks
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-12700K performs better than the Ryzen 9 5900X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 9 5900X in all gaming tests too.
Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Ryzen 9 5900X has more threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Ryzen 9 5900X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-12700K. Despite this, the Core i7-12700K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5900X CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-12700K 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 5900X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.