Intel calls the improvements in content creation workloads a huge leap. In PugetBench’s test for Premier Pro, the Core i9 12900K is 32% faster, according to the chipmaker itself. In Lightroom Classic it is 36% faster and the performance increase in the After Effects Pulse benchmark is 100%.
Power consumption also seems to have been somewhat curtailed. With almost equal consumption compared to the Core i9 11900K (250 watts), the Core i9 12900K (241 watts) is still 50% faster in multi-threading. When consumption is limited to 125 watts it is 30% faster, and at 65 watts consumption it is even as fast compared to the Core i9 11900K (Rocket Lake).
Meanwhile, our colleagues at Tweakers were ableto get extensive hands on the Core i9-12900K, i7-12700K and i5-12600K. The overall test shows that the 12900K is quite edgy with its Ryzen counterparts: with 24 threads it is able to outperform the Ryzen 9 5900X (also 24 threads), in addition it approaches the Ryzen 9 5950X, which offers 16 cores and 32 threads. The 12700K is between the 5900X and 5800X (8 cores and 16 threads), while the 12600K almost matches the latter.
While the 12000 line is not doing badly in terms of productivity, the 12000-sku’s are in even better shape in terms of gaming. The 12900K and 12700K are at the top, followed by the Ryzen 5950X and 5800X. In turn, the 12600K outperforms both the Ryzen 5900X and 5600X, although the difference from the former is negligible.