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Intel Core i9-12900KS vs Apple M2

Intel Core i9-12900KS

The Intel Core i9-12900KS operates with 16 cores and 24 CPU threads. It run at 3.40 GHz (5.50 GHz) base 2.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) all cores while the TDP is set at 150 W.The processor is attached to the LGA 1700 CPU socket. This version includes 30.00 MB of L3 cache on one chip, supports 2 memory channels to support DDR4-3200DDR5-4800 RAM and features 5.0 PCIe Gen 20 lanes. Tjunction keeps below 90 °C degrees C. In particular, Alder Lake S Architecture is enhanced with 10 nm technology and supports VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d. The product was launched on Q2/2022

Intel Core i9-12900KS

The Apple M2 operates with 8 cores and 24 CPU threads. It run at 3.50 GHz base 2.80 GHz all cores while the TDP is set at 22 W.The processor is attached to the N/A CPU socket. This version includes -- of L3 cache on one chip, supports 2 memory channels to support LPDDR5-6400 RAM and features 4.0 PCIe Gen lanes. Tjunction keeps below 100 °C degrees C. In particular, M2 Architecture is enhanced with 5 nm technology and supports Apple Virtualization Framework. The product was launched on Q2/2022


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3.40 GHz (5.50 GHz) Frequency 3.50 GHz
16 Cores 8
3.40 GHz (5.50 GHz) Turbo (1 Core) 3.50 GHz
2.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) Turbo (All Cores) 2.80 GHz
check Yes Hyperthreading No
check Yes Overclocking No uncheck
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core Architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Intel UHD Graphics 770 GPU Apple M2 (10 Core)
1.55 GHz GPU (Turbo) No turbo
10 nm Technology 5 nm
1.55 GHz GPU (Turbo) No turbo
12 DirectX Version
3 Max. displays 2
DDR4-3200DDR5-4800 Memory LPDDR5-6400
2 Memory channels 2
Max memory
check Yes ECC No uncheck
14.00 MB L2 Cache 20.00 MB
30.00 MB L3 Cache --
5.0 PCIe version 4.0
20 PCIe lanes
10 nm Technology 5 nm
LGA 1700 Socket N/A
150 W TDP 22 W
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization Apple Virtualization Framework
Q2/2022 Release date Q2/2022

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 2,093 (95%)
95% Complete
Apple M2 1,704 (77%)
77% Complete

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 27,802 (43%)
43% Complete
Apple M2 8,717 (13%)
13% Complete

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

91% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 10,750 (42%)
42% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

89% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 4,145 (39%)
39% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 2,091 (93%)
93% Complete
Apple M2 1,884 (84%)
84% Complete

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 19,015 (38%)
38% Complete
Apple M2 8,856 (18%)
18% Complete

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

4% Complete
Apple M2 3,553 (17%)
17% Complete

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.

4% Complete
Apple M2 280 (14%)
14% Complete

Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 3.70 (100%)
100% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 49.89 (90%)
90% Complete
Apple M2 (0%)
0% Complete

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-Comparison. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-Comparison’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Intel Core i9-12900KS 44,371 (41%)
41% Complete
Apple M2 15,475 (14%)
14% Complete
Electric Usage Estimate

Electric Usage Estimate

Electric Usage Estimate

Electric Usage Estimate

Intel Core i9-12900KS Apple M2
150 W Max TDP 22 W
NA Power consumption per day (kWh) NA
NA Running cost per day NA
NA Power consumption per year (kWh) NA
NA Running cost per year NA

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