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Intel Core i7-12700K vs Intel Core i5-12600K

Intel Core i7-12700K

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The Intel Core i7-12700K 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 4 efficiency cores. The performance cores (P-cores) support HyperThreading, leading to 20 Threads that can be processed at once. The performance cores can clock with up to 5 GHz (Turbo Boost Max 3.0), the efficiency cores can clock with up to 3.9 GHz. All cores can use 25 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 1.5 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 12700K in our database is way ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 9 3900X, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned. Which is a very, very impressive result, as of late 2022.

Power consumption

This Core i7 series chip has a Base power consumption of 125 W, with its highest Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption sitting at 190 W. It might be a good idea to get an AIO cooling solution for a chip this power hungry.

The i7-12700K is manufactured on Intel's fourth-generation 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for lower-than-average, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

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.

ModelIntel Core i7-12700KIntel Core i5-12600K
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-SIntel 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 i9-12900 compare2.4 - 5.1 GHz16 / 24 cores20 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12700K « 2.7 - 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
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 i7-12700K2.7 - 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
Clock2700 - 5000 MHz2800 - 4900 MHz
L2 Cache12 MB9.5 MB
L3 Cache25 MB20 MB
Cores / Threads12 / 2010 / 16
TDP125 Watt125 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketLGA1700LGA1700
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, SHADDR4-3200/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
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 770 (300 - 1500 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 770 (300 - 1450 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$409 U.S.$289 U.S.
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.comark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-12700K
46.7 pt (65%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-12600K
44.9 pt (62%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 17003     avg: 19784     median: 19784 (18%)     max: 22565 Points
17491 Points (16%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1806     avg: 1851     median: 1850.5 (79%)     max: 1895 Points
1907 Points (81%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 731     avg: 736     median: 735.5 (82%)     max: 740 Points
734 Points (82%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 6953     avg: 7801     median: 7800.5 (19%)     max: 8648 Points
6692 Points (16%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
3325 Points (21%)
2555 Points (16%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
272 Points (82%)
275 Points (83%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
38.4 Points (50%)
30 Points (39%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
3.3 Points (82%)
3.3 Points (82%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
9305 Points (56%)
9381 Points (57%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
63484 Points (46%)
55462 Points (40%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
102539 Points (71%)
89478 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
15179 Points (18%)
15180 Points (18%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
171.2 s (2%)
202.7 s (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
2.7 s (1%)
4.7 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
10389 Points (16%)
6239 Points (10%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 65508     avg: 73439     median: 73438.5 (42%)     max: 81369 MIPS
64260 MIPS (37%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 6117     avg: 6270     median: 6269.5 (75%)     max: 6422 MIPS
5944 MIPS (71%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
179 fps (62%)
148 fps (52%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
349.5 fps (81%)
333.5 fps (77%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 14.9     avg: 20.5     median: 20.5 (36%)     max: 26.1 fps
30.1 fps (53%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
1.6 GB/s (0%)
1.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
2.8 GB/s (48%)
2.2 GB/s (38%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
15.7 GB/s (41%)
12.8 GB/s (33%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 152.3     avg: 173.1     median: 173.1 (1%)     max: 193.9 Seconds
189.5 Seconds (1%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.412     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (9%)     max: 0.423 sec
0.4 sec (10%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
16827 Points (36%)
15722 Points (33%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.3 s (2%)
7.4 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
16.6 s (1%)
16.4 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
387 s (2%)
363.2 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
93250 Points (82%)
85458 Points (75%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 23129     avg: 24947     median: 24947 (67%)     max: 26765 Points
25017 Points (68%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
109742 Points (89%)
78037 Points (63%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
112268 Points (91%)
79174 Points (64%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
109389 Points (92%)
77742 Points (65%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 21804     avg: 23017     median: 23017 (58%)     max: 24230 Points
20161 Points (51%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 31240     avg: 34160     median: 34159.5 (61%)     max: 37079 Points
29671 Points (53%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 13915     avg: 15550     median: 15550 (66%)     max: 17185 Points
13869 Points (58%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1890     avg: 1912     median: 1911.5 (81%)     max: 1933 Points
1904 Points (80%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 12475     avg: 14016     median: 14016 (25%)     max: 15557 Points
12797 Points (23%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1835     avg: 1841     median: 1840.5 (8%)     max: 1846 Points
1821 Points (8%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 12318     avg: 13879     median: 13879 (44%)     max: 15440 Points
12746 Points (40%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
8133 Points (81%)
8223 Points (82%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
55786 Points (61%)
46557 Points (51%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 496     avg: 498     median: 498 (1%)     max: 500 ms
511 ms (1%)
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 301     avg: 303.5     median: 303.5 (63%)     max: 306 Points
293 Points (61%)
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
1999 Points (77%)
1637 Points (63%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 132.1     avg: 206.6     median: 206.6 (36%)     max: 281 Watt
256.5 Watt (44%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
278.2 Watt (51%)
205.9 Watt (38%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
12 Points per Watt (9%)
12.4 Points per Watt (9%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-12700K → 100% n=46

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-12600K → 92% n=46

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