CPU Benchmark Performance: Power, Office, and Science

Our previous set of ‘office’ benchmarks have often been a mix of science and synthetics, so this time we wanted to keep our office section purely on real-world performance.

For the remainder of the testing in this review of the Core i7-12700K and i5-12600K, we are using DDR5 memory at the following settings:

  • DDR5-4800(B) CL40


(0-0) Peak Power

Compared directly to the Core i9-12900K, the Core i9-12900KS does draw more power in our Peak Power test, albeit not immensely more. Because Intel has assigned the chip the same 241W PL1 limit as the original 12900K, in TDP-constrained scenarios both chips are held to a similar limit. Still, with a figure of 276.44 W, this is considerably more than other processors including all of AMD's premium 5000-series offerings, and Intel's 12th Gen Core i5 and i7 processors.


(1-1) Agisoft Photoscan 1.3, Complex Test

In our Agisoft Photoscan 1.3 benchmark, the Core i9-12900KS is around 1.5% better than the regular i9-12900K, and considerably quicker than the rest on test.


(2-1) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (non-AVX)

(2-2) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (Peak AVX)

(2-3) yCruncher 0.78.9506 ST (250m Pi)

(2-4) yCruncher 0.78.9506 MT (2.5b Pi)

(2-5) NAMD ApoA1 Simulation

In our science-based benchmarks, the Core i9-12900KS and the Core i9-12900K trade blows which is to be expected with two similar processors, albeit the extra core clock speeds on the i9-12900KS do not show as much benefit as the price difference would suggest. 

The Intel Core i9-12900KS Review: The Best of Intel's Alder Lake, and the Hottest CPU Benchmark Performance: Simulation And Rendering
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  • Dante Verizon - Sunday, July 31, 2022 - link

    Honestly, iGPU performance seems abnormal.. What's going on
  • tygrus - Sunday, July 31, 2022 - link

    What's the avg power or task energy while doing different workloads? eg. Browser/office apps, video playback, video encoding/Transcoding, MT technical.
  • MDD1963 - Monday, August 1, 2022 - link

    AT is really on top of reviewing the fastest CPUs within less than 4-5 months of their releases...!!! :/
  • MDD1963 - Monday, August 1, 2022 - link

    Doing CPU comparisons with only a 2080Ti is bogus.....(good on ya'll for not using a GTX1060, however!)
  • Alistair - Monday, August 1, 2022 - link

    it's fine, just use 720p instead of 1080p, you'll get higher FPS with a 2080 Ti at 720p than a 3090 Ti at 1080p
  • gallon6341 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 - link

    In this gen I am very impressed with the i5 12400f.

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