October has been nothing short of a Christmas season for gamers. The month started with the all-new Zen 4 architecture AMD Ryzen CPUs. Then, the colossal size of the NVIDIA RTX 4090 took everyone by storm, and now finally, Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake chipsets have gathered all the buzz around them. The flagship processor of the Raptor Lake chipsets is the Core i9-13900K, and it is only fair to put this chip next to its predecessor. That’s why this guide will feature the ultimate Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K showdown.

The i9-12900K was hailed as the ultimate beast for the longest time. The chipset pivoted Intel’s direction and again brought it to the top. The credit for this goes to Intel’s new Alder Lake architecture, which incorporated many revolutionary features, like the hybrid architectural design.

All in all, the Alder Lake chipsets catapulted Intel’s success and raised the bar quite high. So, it comes as no surprise that gamers have high expectations from the Raptor Lake CPUs. Now the main question is, can the new i9-13900K live up to its hype? And most importantly, is it worth the upgrade?


Key Takeaways

  • The latest i9-13900K is an upgrade over the old i9-12900K in all departments, it has 8 more cores, extra L3 cache size, better boost frequencies, and more upgraded features.
  • In terms of performance, we analyzed the gaming benchmarks of the two CPUs in 8 games. On average, the i9-13900K was about 13.4% better than its predecessor. The chipset also ran ~4.2% hotter and consumed ~12.25% more power than the i9-12900K.
  • You can get an i9-12900K for about $500 bucks and an i9-13900K for $589.

In this guide, we will compare the Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K across all categories and figure out how much has changed in the new generation. From their architectural differences to their gaming benchmarks, we will go through everything, starting off with their fundamentals. 

Comparison Table

Processor Core i9-13900K Core i9-12900K
Cores 24 16
Threads 32 24
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
Overclocking Supported Supported
Motherboard Chipset Support Best Motherboards For i9-13900K Best Motherboards For i9-12900k
L3-Cache 36MB (shared) 30MB (shared)
Release Date October 2021 October 2021
Base Frequency 3.0 GHz 3.2 GHz
Maximum Turbo Frequency 5.4 GHz 5.2 GHz
TDP 125 W 125 W
Memory Support DDR5-5600, DDR4-3200 DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200

Specifications Difference

Now that we have a basic idea of what is different between the i9-13900K and the i9-12900K, let’s go over the specifications in detail.

Core i9-13900K Specifications

  • Socket Type: LGA 1700
  • ArchitectureThe Raptor Lake
  • # of Performance Cores: 8
  • # of Efficiency Cores: 16
  • Total Cores: 24 (8 Performance cores + 16 Efficiency cores)
  • Total Threads: 32
  • Performance-core Base Frequency: 3.00 GHz
  • Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency: 5.40 GHz
  • Efficient-core Base Frequency: 2.20 GHz
  • Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency: 4.30 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 5.80 GHz
  • Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Frequency: 5.80 GHz
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency: 5.70 GHz
  • L3 Cache: 36 MB (shared)
  • L2 Cache: 32 MB (shared)
  • L1 Cache: 80K (per core)
  • Processor Base Power: 125 watts
  • Processor Turbo Power: 253 watts
  • Maximum Operating Temperature: 100 °C
  • Release Date: Q4 2022

Graphics

  • Integrated Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 770
  • GPU Ground Frequency: 300 MHz
  • GPU Turbo Frequency: 1650 MHz
  • GPU Execution Units: 32
  • Graphics Output: eDP 1.4b, DP 1.4a, HDMI 2.1

Memory

  • Memory Type: DDR-5 | DDR-4
  • Max No. of Memory: 2
  • Max Memory Speed:
    • DDR5 up to 5600 MT/s
    • DDR4 up to 3200 MT/s

Core i9-12900K Specifications

  • Socket Type: LGA 1700
  • Architecture: The Alder Lake
  • # of Performance Cores: 8
  • # of Efficiency Cores: 8
  • Total Cores: 16 (8 Performance cores + 8 Efficiency cores)
  • Total Threads: 24
  • Performance-core Base Frequency: 3.20 GHz
  • Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency: 5.10 GHz
  • Efficient-core Base Frequency: 2.40 GHz
  • Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency: 3.90 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 5.20 GHz
  • L3 Cache: 30 MB (shared)
  • L2 Cache: 14MB (shared)
  • L1 Cache: 64K (per core)
  • Processor Base Power: 125 watts
  • Processor Turbo Power: 243 watts
  • Maximum Operating Temperature: 100 °C
  • Release Date: Q4 2021

Graphics

  • Integrated Graphics: (Intel® UHD Graphics 770)
  • GPU Ground Frequency: 300 MHz
  • GPU Turbo Frequency: 1550 MHz
  • GPU Execution Units: 32
  • Graphics Output: eDP 1.4b, DP 1.4a, HDMI 2.1

Memory

  • Memory Type: DDR-5 | DDR-4
  • Max No. of Memory: 2
  • Max Memory Speed:
    • DDR5 up to 4800 MT/s
    • DDR4 up to 3200 MT/s

After going through the detailed specifications, it looks like the i9-13900K packs a bunch of upgrades over the old i9-12900K in almost all areas. To start off, the most interesting thing to note here is that while the number of Performance (P) cores remains the same in the two chipsets, the i9-13900K has double the Efficiency (E) cores which increased the total number of cores from 24 to 32.

Intel has added extra E cores into the chipset by using a larger die, which has also allowed them to increase the cache capacity (we’ll discuss the architectural differences in detail in the next section).

Another key upgrade that the i9-13900K has over the i9-12900K is the increase in turbo frequencies of both Performance (P) and Efficiency (E) cores. The i9-13900K has a max frequency of 5.4 GHz, whereas the i9-12900K has 0.2GHz less max frequency at 5.2 GHz.

While the peak frequencies have been bumped up, the base frequencies have been toned down to 3.0 GHz from 3.2 GHz to maintain the same base power, which is 125W. Consequently, the increase in max frequency is largely due to a higher turbo power which has moved to 253W from 243W.

The previous 12th-gen Intel chipsets supported not only DDR5 memory but were also backward compatible with DDR4 memory. Intel has kept the backward compatible support while bumping the DDR5 transfer rates to up to 5600 MT/s from 4800 MT/s.

While talking about backward compatibility, another great thing about the i9-13900K is that it has the same LGA-1700 socket as the i9-12900K, meaning you can use the old 600- series motherboards and CPU coolers with the newer chipset. 

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Core i9-13900K Vs. Core i9-12900K: Architectures

Let’s first go over the architectural differences between the two chipsets to better understand everything that has improved with the Raptor Like line-up.

The Alder Lake Architecture

Alder Lake Intel Core i9-12900K

The Alder Lake line-up was the first to use a hybrid architectural design, where a mix of Performance (P) and Efficient (E) cores were used instead of just power cores.

The two cores were built for entirely different purposes. For instance, the Performance (P) cores were best optimized for heavy gaming and rendering tasks. On the other hand, as the names suggest, the Efficient (E) cores were best optimized for light tasks that were best suited for multi-threaded processing.

These cores were based on different microarchitectures; the Golden Cove microarchitecture for the Efficient (E) cores and the Gracemont microarchitecture for the Performance (P) cores.

They are many key differences between the two P and E cores, like the Performance cores are 4x larger in size, consume more power, output higher performance, support hyper-threading, and much more.

Intel came up with the Thread Director technology to further complement this hybrid architectural approach.

Intel’s Thread Director

In a nutshell, the Thread Director is a technology that Intel and Microsoft collaborated on. The main purpose of Thread Director is to direct the particular cores to the tasks they are best optimized for.

For instance, in Windows 11, Intel’s Thread Director will use AI to determine which processes need to run on Performance cores and which need to run on Efficient cores, making sure the highest possible efficiency is achieved.

Other Improvements

With the Alder Lake architecture, Intel also rebranded its 10nm manufacturing technology to Intel 7. While this was mainly a marketing tactic, the 3rd-generation 10nm technology (aka Intel 7) brought about 10-15% better performance-per-watt figures over the previous 10nm SuperFin (found in 11th-gen Tiger Lake chipsets).

Another improvement that came with the Alder Lake architecture was Multicore Enhancement, which, in a nutshell, runs the processor at max clock speed by consuming high power. In Intel’s unlocked CPUs (like i9-12900K), Multicore Enhancement is enabled by default.

Additionally, there were more improvements as well like support for DDR5 memory, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6E. When talking about support for DDR5 memory, it is important to mention that the DDR5 transfer rates were supported up to 4800 MT/s and the chipsets were also backward compatible with DDR4 RAMs, making them a better value. 

The Raptor Lake Architecture

Intel Raptor Lake Featured

The Raptor Lake architecture is more of a refined version of the Alder Lake instead of a complete overhaul. It carries forward the key features introduced with the 12th-gen chipsets but has improved them to keep up with the competition.

For instance, while the Raptor Lake CPUs also feature the hybrid architectural design that was first introduced in Alder Lake, it has made quite a few changes to it. Mainly, the Performance (P) cores are now built on an all-new Raptor Cove microarchitecture designed for light- and single-threaded operations. Similarly, while the Efficiency (E) cores still use the Gracemont microarchitecture, they have also been improved with twice the L2 cache capacity.

The Raptor Lake architecture has also increased the underlying die size, allowing Intel to pack in more Efficiency (E) cores into a chipset (2x in i9-13900K). Other than the hybrid architecture, Intel has also revamped its Thread Director technology.

Thread Director Technology

With the Windows 11 22H2 update, the Thread Director technology is updated with machine learning algorithms that significantly improve the handling of background and foreground tasks.

In a very basic manner, the Thread Director technology collects low-level telemetry data like the thermal and power of the core from within the chipset and sends it to Windows 11. After that, the workload classification engine equipped with the new and improved machine learning algorithms comes into play. These algorithms efficiently determine which threads need to be assigned to which cores (P or E) for the best optimization, leading to overall improved performance.

Other Improvements

The Raptor Lake architecture also improved the Intel 7 process node. According to Intel, the third-gen faster SuperFin transistors and increased channel mobility resulted in performance improvement equivalent to a full node.

Similarly, DDR5 memory also received a bump as they now support transfer rates of up to 5600 MT/s along with DDR4 memory support.

By now, you might have noticed that the Raptor Lake architecture has updated every aspect of the Alder Lake technology with new and improved hardware, making it a solid refresh.

Key Advantages

Since the i9-12900K is the predecessor of the i9-13900K, it holds basically no advantages over the latter. On paper, it has higher base clock speeds and lower max turbo Power, but that is it.

At most, you can say that the i9-12900K is a better value for money if it sees a decline in prices over the next couple of months. 

On the other hand, the i9-13900K has basically improved everything that the i9-12900K offered, mainly:

  • 8 more cores (16 vs. 24)
  • 6 MB larger L3 cache capacity (36 MB vs. 30 MB)
  • About 4% higher Max Turbo Frequency (5.4 GHz vs. 5.2 GHz)
  • Higher Maximum Memory Bandwidth (89.6 GB/s vs. 76.8 GB/s)

But, these improvements are measured on paper, and the best way to see how much the i9-13900K has improved over the i9-12900K is by going through their gaming benchmarks.

Gaming Performance

So, in this section, we will analyze the gaming benchmarks of Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K to figure out how much better the i9-13900K is and if it is worth the upgrade.

Digital Testings have paired the two Intel chipsets in the following rig to test them in 8 games.

  • Processor: Core i9-13900K and Core i9-12900K
  • Motherboard: ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI
  • RAM: G.SKILL Trident Z5 RGB 32GB DDR5 6000MHz CL36
  • GPU: MSI Gaming X Trio RTX 4090
  • CPU Cooler: Arctic Freezer 420mm
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G5
  • Storage: Samsung 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB
  • Resolution: 1440p

Since the i9-13900K and the i9-12900K support the LGA 1700 socket, they are paired with the same ROG Z690 motherboard. Similarly, both chipsets are compatible with the same CPU cooler as well.

The beast RTX 4090 is used as the GPU of choice to prevent any bottleneck issues, and the 1000W EVGA SuperNOVA should provide plenty of power to keep the high-end GPU and the powerful chipsets running.

All games are running on 1440P quality with maxed-out settings.

Cyberpunk 2077

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K Cyberpunk 2077 benchmarks
Cyberpunk 2077 benchmarks

Let’s start our benchmark analysis with one of the most hyped games of all time — Cyberpunk 2077.

Right off the bat, it’s quite clear that the i9-13900K is in the lead with more FPS by running the game at 121 FPS. The i9-12900K is also not too behind by running at 111 FPS. Overall, that’s about a 9% lead for the newer CPU.

While there is a notable difference in the FPS figures, the temperatures of the two CPUs seem to be hovering somewhere around the same numbers. The i9-13900K is running at 61°C, and the i9-12900K is running at 59°C. There is only a ~3.3% difference in the temperature figures, which can be neglected.

However, what’s not negligible is the power consumption, as the i9-13900K is consuming 91W, and the i9-12900K is consuming 82W. The i9-13900K is clearly putting the ~10.9% higher power consumption to use as it is clocking at 5500 MHz as compared to the i9-12900K’s 4901 MHz, which explains why the chipset is also performing well.

Spider-Man

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K Spider-Man benchmarks
Spider-Man benchmarks

Next up, we have a Spider-Man, a game where all the swinging relies heavily on the CPU.

Again, the i9-13900K is leading in sheer FPS figures by running the game at 141 FPS. Its predecessor, the i9-12900K, is about 16.5% behind at 121 FPS. Even though 121 FPS is not bad at all, the i9-13900K’s 141 FPS is just another level.

The temperature figures seem to be relatively tamed as both chipsets are in the same ballpark. The i9-13900K is running at 62°C, and the i9-12900K is just a smidge cooler at 60°C. Overall, an ~16.5% performance improvement with just ~3.3% higher temperatures does not seem like a bad deal for the new i9-13900K.

The i9-13900K is running with higher clock speeds of 5505 MHz, whereas the i9-12900K is clocking at 4904 MHz. Similarly, the i9-13900K is also consuming about 11.8% more power as the chip is taking in about 98.1W. On the other hand, the i9-12900K is going a bit easy on the PSU as it is taking 87.7W.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K CSGO benchmarks
CSGO benchmarks

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is loved and played by hundreds of thousands of gamers globally every day, and it is also a great battleground to put two chipsets against each other.

With an FPS difference similar to what we saw in Spider-Man, the i9-13900K is leading by running CSGO at 726 FPS. Comparatively, the i9-12900K is about 17.8% behind at 616 FPS. So far, a lead of ~17.8% is the biggest we have seen.

Both the i9-13900K and the i9-12900K have pretty much the same temperatures, which is understandable as both chipsets support the same CPU coolers. The i9-13900K is running at 57°C, and the i9-12900K is running at 56°C.

We have seen the biggest FPS difference in CSGO yet, and the same goes for the power consumption as well, where the i9-13900K is consuming about 67.9W and the i9-12900K is consuming 55.8W, creating a power consumption difference of a whopping ~21.6%.

Red Dead Redemption 2

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K RDR2 benchmarks
Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmarks

Coming up next on our Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K guide is the open-world masterpiece Red Dead Redemption 2. The game’s intricate details and beautiful graphics make it one of the best games to test different components.

Without any doubts, the i9-13900K has yet again outperformed its predecessor with an ~17.3% margin. The i9-13900K is running the game at 115 FPS, while the i9-12900K is just a shy short of 100 FPS at 98 FPS.

The temperature figures follow the same pattern as the other games, the i9-13900K is running at 58°C, and the i9-12900K is running at 55°C. While the 13th-gen Core i9 is about 5.4% hotter, a 58°C temperature is quite normal and shouldn’t be a concern.

With great performance comes higher power consumption, and that is the case with the i9-13900K, as it is consuming about 17.6% more power than the i9-12900K at 82W. Comparatively, the older i9-12900K is hovering at around 69.7W.

God Of War

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K God of War benchmarks
God of War benchmarks

Kratos’ adventures in God of War rely heavily on CPU performance, making it a useful game to test our chipsets.

The i9-13900K is running God of War at around 140 FPS, while the i9-12900K stays a bit behind at 123 FPS. Overall, the i9-13900K is leading again with about 13.8% more FPS. While the i9-13900K is undoubtedly running the game at more FPS, its predecessor, the i9-12900K, is still a powerful CPU as it does not fall behind a lot.

It looks like Intel has achieved higher performance while maintaining good temperatures, the credit for which mostly goes to the i9-13900K’s base TDP, which is rated for 125W. In God of War, the i9-13900K is running at 65°C, and the i9-12900K is just a little cooler at 62°C. Overall, that’s a difference of about 4.8% between the temperatures of the two chipsets.

While there is not much of a difference in the temperature figures, the power consumption of the Intel chipsets has about a 15.2% difference when playing God of War. The i9-13900K is consuming 116.6W, whereas the i9-12900K is consuming 101.2W, making the older Core i9-12900K a more power-efficient CPU.

Hitman 3

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K Hitman 3 benchmarks
Hitman 3 benchmarks

Another open-world game in our list is Hitman 3, and the i9-13900K yet again outperforms its predecessor, and rightly so.

The i9-13900K is running Hitman 3 at 120 FPS. On the other hand, the i9-12900K is running at 113 FPS. Overall, that’s a difference of about 6.1% in the sheer gaming performance of the two chipsets.

While the temperature figures also have a ~5.3% difference, the i9-13900K is running at 59°C, which is not bad at all. Similarly, the i9-12900K is running at 56°C, making it even better in thermal efficiency.

When talking about efficiency, it is also integral to discuss the power consumption of the two chipsets. The i9-13900K is consuming 59.2W, whereas the i9-12900K is consuming just ~5.9% less at 55.9W. Consequently, the i9-12900K is a relatively more power-efficient chipset but with just a small and negligible margin.

Horizon Zero Dawn

"i9-13900K

Horizon Zero Dawn has some of the most beautiful graphics in a video game. It consumes lots of CPU power to output those fast combat sequences, making it a solid game to test our chipsets.

With no surprises, the i9-13900K is running the gorgeous game with a ~10.4% more FPS at 138 FPS. Comparatively, the i9-12900K is running at 125 FPS, making its successor a much better chipset.

When going through the temperatures, it is as clear as day that both chipsets are quite cool. In fact, they’re both running at almost the same temperatures as the i9-13900K is running at 59°C, and the i9-12900K is running at 58°C. The way the i9-13900K manages to run at temperatures similar to the i9-12900K speaks about how many improvements Intel has packed into the Raptor Lake line-up.

On the other hand, the power consumption of the two chipsets varies by ~16.8%, where the i9-13900K is consuming 94.1W, and the older i9-12900K is consuming 80.5W. While the i9-13900K is undoubtedly consuming more power when put next to its predecessor, the figure is not too high that it will put a load on your PSU.  

The Witcher 3

i9-13900K vs. i9-12900K Witcher 3 benchmarks
The Witcher 3 benchmarks

Last but not least, we will wind up our thorough Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K benchmark analysis with a game that is loved by all — the Witcher 3.

By now, we have seen a pattern in the gaming performance and the power and thermal efficiency of the two chipsets. So, to no one’s surprise, the i9-13900K is outperforming the i9-12900K with about 16.7% more FPS. Overall, the i9-13900K is running at 153 FPS, whereas the i9-12900K is running at 131 FPS. 

Similarly, as we have noticed so far, the temperatures of the two chipsets also hover in the same ballpark. While playing the Witcher 3, the i9-13900K is at 63°C, and the i9-12900K is at 58°C. Even though the latest i9-13900K is about 8.6% hotter, it is nowhere near the max temperature limit, so you shouldn’t worry about thermal issues.

What’s most interesting so far is that for the first time, the i9-12900K is consuming just a bit more power than its successor, the i9-13900K. The chipset is consuming about ~1.8% more power as it is at 77.7W, whereas the latest i9-13900K is consuming just a little bit less at 76.3W. Seeing that there is not much of a difference between the two, we can say that both chipsets are consuming somewhat the same amount of power.

Overall Gaming Performance

It was never in question whether the i9-13900K would outperform the i9-12900K or not. However, we were all very curious to know by what margin will the latest and greatest Intel chipset stay ahead of its predecessor.

Well, after putting the two chipsets against each other in 8 games, we finally have an answer. In 6 of those 8 games, the i9-13900K was outputting more than 10% extra FPS than the i9-12900K, and the only game where the difference was the lowest was Hitman 3, where the chipset was ahead by just ~6.1%.

On average, the i9-13900K stayed ahead of the i9-12900K by 13.45% in terms of just the FPS figures, making it a solid upgrade over its predecessor. 

So, to conclude the overall gaming performance, the i9-13900K is the superior chipset, and it is rightly so due to the number of improvements Intel has made in their Raptor Lake architecture.

Nevertheless, one should not let the sheer performance of the i9-13900K overshadow the i9-12900K’s capabilities. The 12th-gen Core i9-12900K, despite being a year old, performed phenomenally well and held its ground in every game. The i9-12900K also ran all 8 games at ultra settings on 1440p without any issues, making it a beast CPU in its own league.

Power Consumption and Thermal Efficiency

We already saw in the detailed specifications that the i9-13900K has higher Max. Turbo Frequency and Power and their effects were evident in the gaming benchmarks.

Compared to the i9-12900K, the i9-13900K consumed more than 10% power in about 6 of those 8 games. The power consumption was higher than usual in CS:GO, where the chipset was consuming ~21.6% more power. However, in the Witcher 3, it was actually consuming ~1.8% less power.

On average, the i9-13900K was less power efficient than the i9-12900K, as it consumed about 12.25% more power. With that said, when we say the i9-13900K was less power efficient, we don’t mean you’ll need an extraordinarily enormous PSU to power the beast. In fact, both the i9-13900K and the i9-12900K can be powered by the same PSU.

On the topic of thermal efficiency, both chipsets were running at roughly the same temperatures, with the biggest difference in the Witcher 3, where the i9-13900K was running about 8.6% hotter. However, on average, the i9-13900K was just about 4.2% hotter, which is negligible and not something you should be concerned about.

Since both the i9-13900K and the i9-12900K have the LGA-1700 socket, you can use the same cooler on both CPUs, which means there are no thermal efficiency issues with the i9-13900K. 

You can go over our detailed guide on the BEST LGA 1700 CPU Coolers for more information.

Pricing and Availability

While the Core i9-12900K was launched with an MSRP of $589, the chipset has seen a decline in prices, and now you can get one from Amazon for about $500.

Similarly, the i9-13900K has also launched with the same MSRP of $589. But, since the processor is quite new, it is highly unlikely that you can find it in stock at its MSRP price.

Nevertheless, if we talk about which CPU provides better value for money, it has to be the i9-13900K. That’s because, for about $90 more, you get a cutting-edge chipset packed with all the bells and whistles of Intel’s Raptor Lake technology.

On top of that, since the i9-13900K has the same socket as its predecessor, you won’t have to spend extra on anything else. You can use the same DDR4 memory, 600- series motherboard, power supply, and LGA-1700 cooler.

While most gamers going for an i9 series processor won’t be on a tight budget, it is always good to know which processor is better value for money. The i9-12900K might be the best bang for the buck if its prices drop to about $450. But, as of now, if you can get an i9-13900K for its MSRP, you’ll get the most value for your money.

Core i9-13900K Vs. i9-12900K: Which One Should You Go For?

Now that we have gone through the Core i9-13900K vs. Core i9-12900K comparison in detail by going through their specifications, gaming benchmarks, and power and thermal efficiency, we can finally say that the i9-13900K is way better than its predecessor.

In fact, if you’re planning to build an Intel CPU with the highest-end chipsets, then there’s no reason to skip the i9-13900K. The processor is one of its kind, with an enormous number of cores allowing it to attain huge multi-thread performance gains.

The only reason to go for an i9-12900K is if you’re planning to save some bucks. The i9-12900K is still a beast of a processor, offering solid performance with no issues whatsoever. But its successor, with just a bit of a price difference, outperforms it a lot. 

However, if you currently have the i9-12900K, you can continue to use this processor for the next year. That’s because while the i9-13900K is an upgrade, the jump is not so big that you would want to swap your i9-12900K for this. 

Overall, if you’re looking to purchase a processor right now, you should go for the i9-13900K. However, if you can wait a bit, you should observe how much the prices of the i9-12900K go down; the chipset might offer better value for money by the end of this year. 

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