AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-12900K

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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-12900K
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Intel Core i9-12900K

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X or Intel Core i9-12900K ? In this comparison, we check which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has 16 cores with 32 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 5.70 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X was released in Q4/2022.

The Intel Core i9-12900K has 16 cores with 24 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 5.20 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The Intel Core i9-12900K was released in Q4/2021.
AMD Ryzen 9 Family Intel Core i9
AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU group Intel Core i 12000
6 Generation 12
Raphael (Zen 4) Architecture Alder Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Predecessor Intel Core i9-11900K
-- Successor Intel Core i9-13900K

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X or Intel Core i9-12900K can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

16 Cores 16
32 Threads 24
normal Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
4.50 GHz (5.70 GHz) A-Core 3.20 GHz (5.20 GHz)
8x Golden Cove
-- B-Core 2.40 GHz (3.90 GHz)
8x Gracemont
-- C-Core --

Internal Graphics

The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X or Intel Core i9-12900K 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. A processor with integrated graphics is also called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).

AMD Radeon Graphics (Raphael) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
0.40 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
2.20 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.55 GHz
9 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 10 nm
3 Max. displays 3
2 Execution units 32
128 Shader 256
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
12 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.

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

DDR5-5200 Memory DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
83.2 GB/s Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s
Yes ECC Yes
16.00 MB L2 Cache 14.00 MB
64.00 MB L3 Cache 30.00 MB
5.0 PCIe version 5.0
24 PCIe lanes 20

Thermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

170 W TDP (PL1) 125 W
230 W TDP (PL2) 241 W
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
95 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X or Intel Core i9-12900K as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

5 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2,FMA3, AVX2, AVX512 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+
AM5 (LGA 1718) 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
Q4/2022 Release date Q4/2021
699 $ Release price 589 $
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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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
2072 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
1997 (96%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
38657 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
27472 (71%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core) results



Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
793 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
779 (98%)
Show all Cinebench R20 (Single-Core) results



Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
15120 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
10511 (70%)
Show all Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
2242 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
1990 (89%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
24121 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
17595 (73%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
817 (100%)
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 4.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
8279 (100%)
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
AMD Radeon Graphics (Raphael) @ 2.20 GHz
563 (71%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.55 GHz
794 (100%)
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
608 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
364 (60%)
Show all Blender 3.1 Benchmark results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
63621 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
40902 (64%)
Show all Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark results



V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark

V-Ray is a 3D rendering software from the manufacturer Chaos for designers and artists. Unlike many other render engines, V-Ray is capable of so-called hybrid rendering, in which the CPU and GPU work together at the same time.

However, the CPU benchmark we used (CPU Render Mode) only uses the system's processor. The working memory used plays a major role in the V-Ray benchmark. For our benchmarks we use the fastest RAM standard approved by the manufacturer (without overclocking).

Due to the high compatibility of V-Ray (including Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Blender), it is a frequently used software. With V-Ray, for example, photorealistic images can be rendered that laypeople cannot distinguish from normal photos.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 4.50 GHz
29745 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
17845 (60%)
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
331 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
294 (89%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Single-Core) results



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 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
6382 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
4111 (64%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core) results



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News and articles for the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and the Intel Core i9-12900K

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The AMD Ryzen processors were first introduced by AMD in Q1 2017. They are the successor to the not particularly successful AMD Bulldozer processors. The latter were manufactured using an outdated manufacturing process and could not keep up with the competing products from Intel. AMD lost a large portion of its desktop processor market share during this period.
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Posted by Stefan on 2022-07-26
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Posted by Stefan on 2022-06-20
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He predicts the first four models of the new Zen 4 desktop generation, which AMD would like to present at the end of 2022. There is also an alleged release date of September 15, 2022.

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