AMD Ryzen 9 5900X vs Intel Core i9-12900F

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

100 %
100 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

100 %
127 %
27% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

100 %
8% slightly better multitasking score
92 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

100 %
9% slightly better heavy workload score
91 %

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Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

12% slightly higher Blender score



Number of physical processing units

33% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units


Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.7 GHz
54% significantly higher clock speed
2.4 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.8 GHz
5.1 GHz
6% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

105 W
65 W
61% significantly lower TDP

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

768 KiB
1280 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


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

27th of 1,255
26th of 1,255


The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
12th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Ryzen 9 5900X vs Core i9-12900F comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i9-12900F 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.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i9-12900F has slightly more cores with 16 cores compared to the Ryzen 9 5900X that has 12 cores. But they both have the same number of threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5900X has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900F. Despite this, the Core i9-12900F has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i9-12900F outputs less heat than Ryzen 9 5900X thanks to a significantly lower TDP. 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 Ryzen 9 5900X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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