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Deal | Aging Intel Core i5-12600K drops by 42% on Amazon

Intel Core i5-12600K desktop processors (Source: Intel)
Intel Core i5-12600K desktop processors (Source: Intel)
Introduced for US$289 in early November 2021, the Intel Core i5-12600K has now a list price of US$342.50 on Amazon, but the ongoing 42% discount pushes it to a more wallet-friendly US$197.01. Although its 125 W TDP might keep away some potential buyers, this deal (about US$4 more than the all-time low) keeps it attractive.

The Intel Core i5-12600K was a very popular processor in 2022 and its sub-US$200 price keeps it in the spotlight even now. According to Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel, the price of this desktop processor reached an all-time low US$193.87 on March 24, 2023. Now, those interested can grab it for US$197.01, thanks to a 42% discount, which is still far better than the US$228.86 average (based on the last 50 price changes).

With 1,175 user reviews validated so far, the Intel Core i5-12600K has an excellent rating of 4.8/5 Amazon stars. The breakdown by feature focuses on gaming performance (4.8), value for money (4.6), and stability (4.5) alongside the "easy to lock" attribute, which gets a 4.7/5 rating. 

Although it has a rather high TDP of 125 W, this processor's architecture that combines P-cores and E-Cores allows for both improved power efficiency and overclocking performance, depending on scenario. The list of supported technologies (sometimes depending on the mainboard used) includes PCIe Gen 5, DDR5 memory, Thunderbolt 4, and Intel Killer WiFi 6/6E.

This chip comes with the Intel UHD 770 integrated graphics solution, but due to the fact that it is unlocked, there is no bundled cooler. Sadly, there is no game or Amazon Music Unlimited deal to go with it, but a few bundles (starting at US$464.98) that include Z690 motherboards are listed on the Amazon page of the Intel Core i5-12600K. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2023-07- 4 (Update: 2023-07- 4)