AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-12900k: Which is better? Pending the arrival of the Intel Core i9 13th-Gen, in this post, we’ll be comparing the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-12900k, after which when the 13th Gen CPU arrives, we’ll make a separate comparison post for it.
Just so you know, at the launch of the Ryzen 7000 series CPU, AMD claims the Ryzen 9 7950X is up to 41% better than the Intel Core i9-12900k. But how accurate is that? Let’s find out.
Price and Availability
The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X was announced on August 29th, 2022. And it is priced at $699. While the Intel Core i9-12900k on the other hand was launched in October 2021 for $639. Both CPUs are priced alike but the Intel Core i9 12th Gen is expected to drop in price because of the forthcoming 13th-gen. So technically, the Intel Core i9-12900k is cheaper.
In terms of their availability, AMD during the announcement on Aug. 29th, says all new Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 series will start selling from September 27th, 2022. You can use the box at the bottom of this post to purchase either of these two CPUs.
Since both CPUs are from different manufacturers, their sockets/motherboards are likewise different. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X uses the AM5 motherboard. While the Intel Core i9-12900k makes use of the LGA-1700 motherboard.
This is the most interesting part of the comparison. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is better than the Intel Core i9-12900k. Which is by no means surprising. They both have similar core counts, however, the Ryzen 9 7950X has a higher threads count than the Intel Core i9-12900k.
To be particular, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has 16-cores and 32-Threads (4.5 GHz- base and 5.7 GHz boost clock frequency). When compared, the Intel Core i9-12900k possesses 16-cores and 24-Threads. Also, the Core i9 has a lower core frequency (3.2/5.2 GHz).
|Specs||Ryzen 9 7950X||Intel Core i9-12900k|
|iGPU||AMD Radeon 2||UHD graphics|
Putting the figures above into performance test, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X beats the Core i9-12900k. On Geekbench, the Ryzen 9 7950X scored 2275 points in a single-core test and 24396 points in a multi-core test, while the Intel Core i9 12th-Gen had 2184 points in a single-core and 16779 multi-core. Thus, in comparison, the new AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is 5% faster in single-core and 32% faster in multicore than the Intel Core i9-12900k.
On Cinebench R23, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is 41% better than the Intel Core i9-12900k (multi-core). Additionally, even though both CPUs have integrated graphics, the Ryzen 9 7950X with AMD Radeon 2 GPU has a higher clock speed than the Intel Core i9-12900k.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-12900k: Verdict
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X vs Intel Core i9-12900k comparison shows the latest flagship from AMD is better. For gamers who are looking for high-end desktop CPUs to get, the Ryzen 9 7950X aces the Intel Core i9 12th-Gen.