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Which Intel processor to take for a gaming computer: i5-12600K, i7-12700K or i9-12900K

The authors of the YouTube channel i2HARD found out which of the Intel processors performs better in gaming projects: i5-12600K, i7-12700K or i9-12900K. Configurations included themselves, in addition to processors, video card Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GameRock OC, motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WIFI D4/ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero, RAM G.SKILL Trident Z F4-3200C14D-32GTZ 2×16 ГБ (DDR4)/A-Data XPG LANCER AX5U5200C3816G-DCLABK 2×16 ГБ (DDR5), cooling system DeepCool AK620, storage device Crucial MX500 2 TB, power unit Deepcool DQ850-M-V2L. All games were launched on the Windows 11 operating system.

In total, six games were launched during testing. At the same time, they were tested with and without overclocking, as well as with DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. Games include Call of Duty: Warzone, Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 6, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, StarCraft, A Total War Saga: TROY.

The games were first tested with DDR4 RAM.

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Call of Duty: Warzone in all three cases at 1080p and with the Custom preset it went with about the same average frame rate. It was 181, 184 and 185 fps for i5-12600K, i7-12700K, i9-12900K, respectively. In very rare events, the values ​​were as follows: 108, 120, 122 fps.

V Cyberpunk 2077 on ultra settings with 1080p tracing, the difference in FPS is more noticeable. So, the i5-12600K has a performance of 108 fps, the i7-12700K – 116 fps, the i9-12900K – 120 fps. In extremely rare events, the frame rate is 64, 68, 66 fps, respectively.

On an ultra-preset at 1080p with tracing enabled, starts Far Cry 6… In this case, it is possible to get the same difference between the performance values ​​as in Cyberpunk. On average, the frame rate is 103, 110 and 114 fps for the i5-12600K, i7-12700K, i9-12900K, and the FPS in very rare events is 59, 60 and 52 fps, respectively.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider goes at maximum settings at 1080p. As a result, the gap between the processors turns out to be even more significant: 187 fps on the i5, 201 fps on the i7 and 212 fps on the i9. In very rare events, the results were as follows: 105 fps, 119 fps and 123 fps.

StarCraft runs in the same resolution (1080p) and also at maximum graphics settings. The average number of frames here is 86 fps, 95 fps and 100 fps, respectively. In extremely rare events, the performance decreases to 42, 45 and 46 fps.

1080p on ultra settings A Total War Saga: TROY goes with an average frequency of 81, 91 and 95 fps. The performance drops in very rare events to 51, 59 and 62 fps, respectively.

If we talk about average values ​​with DDR4 RAM, then the leader of the three processors is i9-12900K, which will allow you to get performance compared to the i7 8 percent higher, and compared to the i5 – 16 percent higher. If you use DDR5 RAM, then the difference in performance will increase in almost all projects (with the exception of StarCraft). Between the i5 and i7 it will be 10 percent, and between the i5 and i9 it will be 17 percent.

All results can be seen in the graphs below.


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