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Intel Core i5-12600K

Intel i5-12600K

The Intel Core i5-12600K is a mid-range CPU for desktops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was first announced in November 2021 and offers 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. The performance cores (P-cores) support HyperThreading, leading to 16 Threads that can be processed at once. The performance cores can clock with up to 4.9 GHz, the efficiency cores can clock with up to 3.6 GHz. All cores can use 20 MB Smart Cache. The integrated memory controller supports up to 128 GB DDR5 with 4800 MT/s (dual channel).

Thread Director (in hardware) can support the operating system to decide which thread to use on the performance or efficiency cores for the best performance.

The integrated graphics adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and called Intel UHD Graphics 770. It clocks between 300 and 1.45 GHz.

For AI tasks, the CPU also integrates GNA 3.0 and DL Boost. Quick Sync in version 8 is the same as in the Rocket Lake CPUs and supports MPEG-2, AVC, VC-1 decode, JPEG, VP8 decode, VP9, HEVC and AV1 decode in hardware.


The average 12600K in our database is way ahead of the Ryzen 9 3900 and the Core i9-10900K, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned. This is a very fast CPU that should have no trouble running triple-A games for at least a couple of years.

Power consumption

This Core i5 series chip has a Base power consumption of 125 W, with its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption sitting at 150 W.

The i5-12600K is built with Intel's fourth generation 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for lower-than-average, as of mid 2023, energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-S
CodenameAlder Lake

Series: Alder Lake-S Alder Lake

Intel Core i9-12900K compare3.2 - 5.2 GHz16 / 24 cores30 MB L3
Intel Core i9-12900 compare2.4 - 5.1 GHz16 / 24 cores20 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12700K compare2.7 - 5 GHz12 / 20 cores25 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12700F compare3.3 - 4.9 GHz12 / 20 cores25 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12700 compare3.3 - 4.9 GHz12 / 20 cores25 MB L3
Intel Core i5-12600K « 2.8 - 4.9 GHz10 / 16 cores20 MB L3
Clock Rate2800 - 4900 MHz
Level 2 Cache9.5 MB
Level 3 Cache20 MB
Number of Cores / Threads10 / 16
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)125 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesDDR4-3200/DDR5-4800 RAM, PCIe 5, Thr. Dir., DL Boost, GNA, vPro Enterp., MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, SMEP, SMAP, EIST, TM1, TM2, HT, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 770 (300 - 1450 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$289 U.S.
Announcement Date11/05/2021
Product Link (external)


Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
44.9 pt (62%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2555 Points (16%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
15180 Points (18%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
202.7 s (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
4.7 s (1%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
30.1 fps (53%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.4 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
363.2 s (2%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
46557 points (51%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
205.9 Watt (38%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
12.4 Points per Watt (9%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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