AMD Ryzen 9 5950X vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Compare AMD Ryzen 9 Desktop 16 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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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 551
$ 50.06 slightly less expensive
$ 601

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

128 %
164 %
28% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

112 %
172 %
53% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

133 %
162 %
21% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

136 %
161 %
18% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

16,495
17,253
4% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,685
1,988
17% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

27,062
0% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
27,005

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

13,765
18,180
32% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

16
Identical
16

Threads

Number of logical processing units

32
33% slightly more threads
24

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
6% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

105 W
129% significantly lower TDP
241 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

1,024 KiB
1,280 KiB
25% slightly 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

14th 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

May 2020
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 5950X vs Core i9-12900K specs and performance

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i9-12900K performs better than the Ryzen 9 5950X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 9 5950X in all gaming tests too.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Ryzen 9 5950X has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5950X has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i9-12900K. Despite this, the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 9 5950X 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.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 9 5950X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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