AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X is now cheaper than the Intel Core i7-12700K with a market price of $339 ($359 plus rebate). The latter is going for $374 (on Newegg), down from the official MSRP of $409. While this may seem like an advantageous position for the 5800X, it’s important to remember that the 12700K is faster than even the Ryzen 9 5900X in gaming workloads:
The Core i7-12700K features eight Golden Cove “P-cores” and four Gracemont “E-cores” while the Ryzen 7 5800X packs eight Zen 3 cores. The high IPC of the P-cores and the multi-threaded grunt of the E-cores make the 12700K a no-brainer.
On the other hand, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is priced at $209 ($229 with a $20 rebate) while the Core i5-12600K is available for $259. Even in this case, the latter is much faster than the latter in gaming workloads while also being faster in multi-threaded workloads, courtesy of the E-cores. The 12600K packs six Golden Cove “P-cores” and four Gracemont “E-cores”. The 5600X is powered by six Zen 3 cores.