AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Compare AMD Ryzen Threadripper 32 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

129 %
164 %
27% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

76 %
172 %
126% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

149 %
162 %
8% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

161 %
161 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

29% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

58% significantly higher Geekbench (single) score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

67% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

166% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
15% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
15% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

280 W
241 W
16% slightly lower TDP

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

100% significantly more memory channels

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

2,048 KiB
60% significantly more L1 cache
1,280 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

128 MiB
326% significantly more L3 cache
30 MiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

13th of 1,327
1st of 1,327


The product line

Ryzen Threadripper
12th Generation Core i9

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2019
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 Threadripper 3970X vs Core i9-12900K specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i9-12900K is faster than the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X has significantly more cores than the Core i9-12900K. Indeed, the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X has 32 cores compared to 16 cores found in the Core i9-12900K. It also has more threads than the Core i9-12900K. With our hardware info, we find that the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i9-12900K. Despite this, the Core i9-12900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i9-12900K outputs less heat than Ryzen Threadripper 3970X thanks to a slightly 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 Threadripper 3970X has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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