Intel Did It: Core i9-12900K CPU Review & Benchmarks vs. AMD

Intel Did It: Core i9-12900K CPU Review & Benchmarks vs. AMD

This review of the Intel Core i9-12900K CPU (Alder Lake) includes benchmarks versus AMD’s R9 5950X, 5900X, and more. Intel is gunning for position as the best CPU.
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Our review of the 12900K CPU versus the 5800X, 5900X, 5950X, 10900K, and more evaluates the gaming performance, power consumption, and production performance. We’re looking to find the best CPU for gaming and for office tasks (like video editing, 3D modeling, and programming) as we run through our updated CPU benchmark suite for 2021.

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If you want to see the full Alder Lake specs, we covered that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ypRgILsDLo

And if you missed the Alder Lake architecture deep dive, you can find that here:

RELATED PRODUCTS

Intel i9-12900K on Amazon: https://geni.us/blkqC
Intel i5-12600K on Amazon: https://geni.us/fiTYY
AMD R9 5950X on Amazon: https://geni.us/o2Tk
AMD R9 5900X on Amazon: https://geni.us/LAvie

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Intel i9-12900k Review
04:31 – Windows 10 vs. Windows 11 for Testing
06:47 – Frequency Validation (All Core & Single Core)
08:29 – Thermals & Managing the 12900K Temperature
09:58 – Blender Cycles Rendering (Best CPUs for 3D)
11:20 – Chromium Code Compile CPU Benchmarks
11:54 – Adobe Premiere Video Editing Benchmark
12:33 – Adobe Photoshop CPU Comparison
13:21 – 7-Zip Compression & Decompression
14:21 – Far Cry 6 Gaming Benchmarks (12900K vs. 5900X, etc.)
15:32 – Red Dead Redemption 2 CPU Gaming Benchmarks
16:41 – Total War: Three Kingdoms Did Not Run
17:46 – Hitman 3 CPU Benchmarks
18:57 – Rainbow Six Siege (1080p & 1440p) CPU Tests
19:41 – Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmark
20:32 – F1 2021 Benchmarks
21:44 – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1080p & 1440p)
24:12 – Power Consumption of Intel 12900K vs. AMD
25:09 – Setup Notes
27:49 – Conclusion

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Host, Writing, Test Lead: Steve Burke
Testing, Writing: Patrick Lathan
Video: Keegan Gallick

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39 Responses

  1. 2kliksphilip says:

    Nice to see you’re still an upscaling addict, Steve

  2. Thrillium says:

    Steve apologizing about things missing in a 31 minute long review is the most Gamers Nexus thing ever

  3. Gamers Nexus says:

    Grab a GN Tear-Down Toolkit on back-order now to guarantee you get one in the next run! We have arrival dates on the store now. These have been in production a long time and have been in constant demand, so to make sure you get one, pick up a back-order here: https://store.gamersnexus.net/products/gamersnexus-tear-down-toolkit
    If you want to see the full Alder Lake specs, we covered that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ypRgILsDLo
    And if you missed the Alder Lake architecture deep dive, you can find that here:
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    • Åłëxãńdęr Łéûńg says:

      I wonder if these are x8 or x16 dies? I’ve heard it has pretty significant difference in memory latency.

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  4. Doktor Peel OFFICIAL says:

    I don’t take a side in the CPU wars, but I am absolutely thrilled that close competition seems to be back. Also, the new studio is looking sharp!

    • Srinath Shettigar says:

      250w stock. is this a intel GPU? lol.

    • Doktor Peel OFFICIAL says:

      @Srinath Shettigar Ya, I was really hoping for a substantial power saving. I’m not upgrading any time soon, but would have been nice to see them make a move in the right direction.

    • Jack Winter says:

      @Doktor Peel OFFICIAL they did? They’re not wasting sand like the 11 series

    • Black and Red Pill says:

      That’s a great statement you made. I’m not a fanboy of either since I’ve own both brands in the past. ATM I’m on a Ryzen X570 chipset and I want to do 1440p to 4k gaming. If and when good gaming GPUs ever go down to MSRP or close to it and they’re actually in stock since I don’t play games that require high refresh rates I’m happy with getting between 60 to 120FPS. At those resolutions if AMD happens to lower the price of their 5900X I’d buy that CPU and I’d set for a while. Now if I was looking to build a brand new platform it would be a different story and I may have considered the Intel CPUs, but I don’t feel like wasting my money on a new motherboard, expensive DDR5 RAM, a new custom AIO liquid cooler that actually fits socket 1700 and possibly a new PSU. The economy ATM sucks so I don’t want to spend extra money if I don’t need to.

  5. Shukterhouse Jive says:

    I was wondering what magic trick Intel pulled to get those numbers and then I saw the power charts. This is why I’m skeptical of two-tier core designs in desktop packages, you can’t hedge your bets on only hitting the big cores in short bursts like a phone and you can’t tune the package to hell and back like the M-series chips. Should be a killer arch for laptops at least

  6. E M says:

    When everyone posts about a new release, GN is always the first to watch.

  7. Budder Eater says:

    “Probably better off as sand on a beach somewhere” that absolutely killed me

    • SteveAkaGoatpile says:

      especially since we kinda are running out of sand.

    • Hmmm Yes says:

      @SteveAkaGoatpile We always are

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    • KillTyrant says:

      Currently hoarding sand so my great grand kids can be better off than myself

  8. rookiebeotch says:

    I’m just happy my 3600 is still included on the comparison charts. So such luck on the gpu reviews.

  9. KJames Jr says:

    “When all else fails… MORE VOLTAGE!!!” – Intel

  10. Kenneth Wayne says:

    Whenever Steve mentions the 11900k his disgust is PALPABLE

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