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.