Intel Core i7 12700K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7 12700K with 12-cores against the 3.5 GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X with 16-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 2950X and 12700K
Advantages of Intel Core i7 12700K
  • Newer - released 3-years and 3-months later
  • 84% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 2096 vs 1138 points
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • More than 32° C higher critical temperature
  • Consumes up to 31% less energy than the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X – 125 vs 180 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 10 versus 12 nanometers
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
  • 14% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5 GHz vs 4.4 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
  • Supports up to 2048 GB DDR4-2933 RAM
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • Has 7 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Around 10.62 GB/s (14%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 12700K and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X


Vendor Intel AMD
Released October 27, 2021 August 31, 2018
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake-S Zen+
Model number i7-12700K -
Socket LGA-1700 sTR4
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 No


Cores 12 16
Threads 20 32
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5 GHz 4.4 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 36x 35x
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors - 9.6 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 12 nm
TDP 125 W 180 W
Max. temperature 100°C 68°C


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 770 -
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1500 MHz -
Shading Units 256 -
TMUs 16 -
ROPs 8 -
Execution Units 32 -
TGP 15 W -

Memory support

Memory types DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 DDR4-2933
Memory Size 128 GB 2048 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 87.42 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes


Official site Intel Core i7 12700K official page AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 60

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