AMD Ryzen 9 5900 vs Intel Core i7-12700

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AMD Ryzen 9 5900 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-12700
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Intel Core i7-12700

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 or Intel Core i7-12700 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 has 12 cores with 24 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.70 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 was released in Q2/2021.

The Intel Core i7-12700 has 12 cores with 20 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.90 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-12700 was released in Q1/2022.
AMD Ryzen 9 (40) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
AMD Ryzen 5000 (14) CPU group Intel Core i 12000 (34)
4 Generation 12
Vermeer (Zen 3) Architecture Alder Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
AMD Ryzen 9 3900 Predecessor Intel Core i7-11700
AMD Ryzen 9 7900 Successor Intel Core i7-13700

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 has 12 CPU cores and can calculate 24 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900 is 3.00 GHz (4.70 GHz) while the Intel Core i7-12700 has 12 CPU cores and 20 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i7-12700 is at 2.10 GHz (4.90 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
12 Cores 12
24 Threads 20
normal Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? No
3.00 GHz (4.70 GHz) A-Core 2.10 GHz (4.90 GHz)
8x Golden Cove
-- B-Core 1.60 GHz (3.60 GHz)
4x Gracemont

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 or Intel Core i7-12700 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 1.50 GHz
-- GPU Generation 11
Technology 10 nm
Max. displays 3
-- Compute units 32
-- Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
-- DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 Decode
No Codec AVC Decode / Encode
No Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 can use up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 51.2 GB/s. The Intel Core i7-12700 supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 76.8 GB/s.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
DDR4-3200 Memory DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s
Yes ECC Yes
6.00 MB L2 Cache 12.00 MB
64.00 MB L3 Cache 25.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 5.0
20 PCIe lanes 20
39.4 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 78.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900 is 65 W, while the Intel Core i7-12700 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) 180 W
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
95 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 is manufactured in 7 nm and has 70.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i7-12700 is manufactured in 10 nm and has a 37.00 MB cache.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
7 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+
AM4 (PGA 1331) Socket LGA 1700
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q2/2021 Release date Q1/2022
-- Release price 339 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 (90%)
Intel Core i7-12700 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 (94%)
Intel Core i7-12700 (94%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
1622 (87%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1862 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
20955 (97%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
21568 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
1688 (99%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1712 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
13874 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
11650 (84%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
2130 (85%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
2497 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
9740 (78%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
12448 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
34570 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
31146 (90%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
107 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1004 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.50 GHz
768 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
284 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 3.00 GHz
7746 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 2.10 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
259 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900 AMD Ryzen 9 5900
12C 24T @ 4.10 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
3140 (100%)

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