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Intel Core i5-12600K vs Intel Core i9-12900

Intel Core i5-12600K

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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.

Performance

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.

Intel Core i9-12900

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The Intel Core i9-12900 is a high end CPU for desktops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was first announced in November 2021 and offers 8 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores. The performance cores (P-cores) support HyperThreading, leading to 24 Threads that can be processed at once. The performance cores can clock with up to 5.1 GHz, the efficiency cores can clock with up to 3.8 GHz. All cores can use 30 MB Smart Cache. The integrated memory controller supports up to 128 GB DDR5 with 4800 MT/s (dual channel).

The 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.

For AI tasks, the CPU also integrates GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (most likely only using AVX2). 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 integrated graphics card is based on the Xe-architecture and called Intel UHD Graphics 770. It clocks between 300 and 1.55 GHz.

The CPU is rated at 65 W base power and 202 Watt maximum Turbo power. It is manufactured in 10nm, called Intel 7, process at Intel.

ModelIntel Core i5-12600KIntel Core i9-12900
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-S Alder Lake-S
CodenameAlder LakeAlder Lake
Series: Alder Lake-S Alder Lake
Intel Core i9-12900K compare3.2 - 5.2 GHz16 / 24 cores30 MB L3
Intel Core i9-129002.4 - 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
Intel Core i9-12900K compare3.2 - 5.2 GHz16 / 24 cores30 MB L3
Intel Core i9-12900 « 2.4 - 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 i5-12600K2.8 - 4.9 GHz10 / 16 cores20 MB L3
Clock2800 - 4900 MHz2400 - 5100 MHz
L2 Cache9.5 MB14 MB
L3 Cache20 MB20 MB
Cores / Threads10 / 1616 / 24
TDP125 Watt65 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C
SocketLGA1700LGA 1700
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, SHAIntel UHD Graphics 770, DDR5 4800 MT/s, DDR4 3200 MT/s
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 770 (300 - 1450 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 770 (300 - 1550 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$289 U.S.$489 U.S.
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.com
L1 Cache1.4 MB
Die Size215 mm2

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-12600K
44.9 pt (62%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-12900
43.8 pt (61%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
17491 Points (16%)
18628 Points (17%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1907 Points (81%)
1825 Points (78%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
734 Points (82%)
703 Points (78%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
6692 Points (16%)
7179 Points (18%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2555 Points (16%)
3299 Points (21%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
275 Points (83%)
262 Points (79%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
30 Points (39%)
39 Points (51%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
3.3 Points (82%)
3.2 Points (79%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
9381 Points (57%)
8949 Points (54%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
55462 Points (40%)
68729 Points (50%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
89478 Points (62%)
107565 Points (75%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
15180 Points (18%)
14610 Points (18%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
202.7 s (2%)
211.8 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
4.7 s (1%)
2.7 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
6239 Points (10%)
10739 Points (17%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
64260 MIPS (37%)
50152 MIPS (29%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
5944 MIPS (71%)
5979 MIPS (71%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
148 fps (52%)
147.5 fps (51%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
333.5 fps (77%)
310 fps (72%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
30.1 fps (53%)
14.4 fps (25%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
1.3 GB/s (0%)
1.9 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
2.2 GB/s (38%)
3.4 GB/s (59%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
12.8 GB/s (33%)
17.2 GB/s (45%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
189.5 Seconds (1%)
262.7 Seconds (2%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
0.4 sec (10%)
0.5 sec (12%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
15722 Points (33%)
17464 Points (37%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.4 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
16.4 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
363.2 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
85458 Points (75%)
78877 Points (69%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
25017 Points (68%)
24314 Points (66%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
78037 Points (63%)
74061 Points (60%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
79174 Points (64%)
73871 Points (60%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
77742 Points (65%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
20161 Points (51%)
19775 Points (50%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
29671 Points (53%)
35153 Points (63%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
13869 Points (58%)
15095 Points (64%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
1904 Points (80%)
1656 Points (70%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
12797 Points (23%)
8924 Points (16%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1821 Points (8%)
1638 Points (7%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
12746 Points (40%)
8845 Points (28%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
8223 Points (82%)
6991 Points (70%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
46557 Points (51%)
36310 Points (40%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
511 ms (1%)
602 ms (1%)
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
293 Points (61%)
269 Points (56%)
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
1637 Points (63%)
1785 Points (68%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
256.5 Watt (44%)
151 Watt (26%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
205.9 Watt (38%)
206 Watt (38%)
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
59.7 Watt (39%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
12.4 Points per Watt (9%)
16 Points per Watt (12%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-12600K → 100% n=42

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-12900 → 103% n=42

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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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