The Intel Core i9-12900K is a desktop processor with Alder Lake-S architecture that has 16 cores and 24 threads capable of reaching a maximum frequency of 5.2 GHz. At the compatibility level, it is a processor for socket FCLGA1700 with TDP of 125 W and a maximum temperature of 72 ° C. Also, it supports DDR5, DDR4 memory.
However, it seems that the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D has what it takes to be superior to this Intel in games, especially thanks to its 3D cache that provides more energy without the need to increase the clock or temperature. Even so, it is still behind him in the synthetic benchmarks.
Let’s see what the tests tell us and if it’s really worth upgrading to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D or staying with the Intel Core i9-12900K paying the difference.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D beats the Intel Core i9-12900K in some titles
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the first chip with 3D cache based on the Zen 3 architecture at 7nm. As we’ve noted, this CPU has 8 cores, 16 threads, and a combined 100 MB of cache. An important fact is that this desktop CPU cannot be overclocked, which allows it to significantly outperform the Intel Core i9-12900K in some games.
|MODEL||AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D||Intel Core i9-12900K|
|L3 CACHE||32 + 64MB||30MB|
The tests carried out by XanxoGaming They make it pretty clear. This AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor was tested on an X570 with DDR4-3200 CL14 memory against another computer equipped with an Intel Core i9-12900K, a Z690 and DDR4-3200 CL14 as well.
When comparing both CPUs in various AAA games at 1080p resolution we see that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is almost even with the Intel Core i9-12900K in 6 out of 12 games. In the rest of the titles, the AMD chip manages to outperform the Core i9-12900KF with up to a 29% difference, although on average it would really be between 10-15% higher.
Intel Core i9-12900K, better in synthetic benchmarks
That all changes when we stick to the synthetic benchmark results, where the Ryzen 7 5800X3D falls short of the Intel Core i9-12900K, which maintains a notable lead thanks to its 16-core, 24-thread configuration and a boost clock of 5.1GHz
And what if we compare it to the Ryzen 7 5800X? We should note that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is clocked at a lower rate and the included 3D V-Cache prevents it from any form of core overclocking, including Precision Boost Overdrive. This makes its multicore performance in Cinebench R15, R20 and R23 it is around 6-10% slower compared to a Ryzen 7 5800X. In single core, even the Ryzen 5 5600X is 6% faster compared to the 5800X3D.
So is the Ryzen 7 5800X3D worth it?
It all depends on the CPU you have mounted right now on your gaming PC. If for example you are still using the Ryzen 7 2700X, then the latest Ryzen 7 5800X3D is quite worth it. In addition, you will be able to save approximately 100 euros compared to the Intel Core i9-12900K plus the price of a new motherboard.
On the other hand, content creators and those who need more complete performance may have to bet on other options such as the Ryzen 7 5800X that maintains practically the same price. You can also opt for the Intel Core i5-12600K for less than 300 euros, as long as you don’t have to invest in other compatible components as well.
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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.