Intel Core i9-12900k
• Impressive application performance.
• “Best” gaming performance.
• Better value than AMD.
• DDR5 adds price premium.
• Can be a power hog under heavy loads.
• Ryzen is still faster in some multi-threaded tests.
After a long absence, Intel’s 12th-gen Core i9-12900k and its hybrid design puts Intel back on top in desktop CPUS while offering next-generation technology and a big surprise: relatively good value over Ryzen.