AMD Ryzen 9 5950X vs Intel Core i7-12700K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 16 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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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

106 %
117 %
10% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

95 %
134 %
41% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

109 %
111 %
1% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

111 %
1% slightly better heavy workload score
109 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

15% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

13% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

19% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

18% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

33% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

60% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.4 GHz
3.6 GHz
5% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.9 GHz
5 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

105 W
80% significantly lower TDP
190 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

1024 KiB
6% slightly more L1 cache
960 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

64 MiB
156% significantly more L3 cache
25 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

17th of 1,219
12th of 1,219


The product line

Ryzen 9 Desktop
12th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
November 2021

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


Ryzen 9 5950X vs Core i7-12700K comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-12700K beats the Ryzen 9 5950X in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 9 5950X in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Ryzen 9 5950X has slightly more cores with 16 cores compared to the Core i7-12700K that has 12 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i7-12700K. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-12700K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 9 5950X. Also, the Core i7-12700K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5950X 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.

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 5950X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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