10 Cores, 16 Threads @3.7GHz, Alder Lake.
Release date: Q4 2021.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 23,291 user samples
22,605 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 100% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 100% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 8th / 1355
Gaming 109%
Desktop 110%
Workstation 114%
686 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% Base clock 3.35 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 4.5 GHz, turbo 1.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 21st / 1355
Gaming 101%
Desktop 102%
Workstation 102%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
109 % Slightly faster effective speed.
101 %
Avg. Memory Latency
82.4 Pts 96.9 Pts Lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
190 Pts Faster single-core speed.
150 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
376 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
296 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
726 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
561 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
1255 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
1034 Pts
OC Memory Latency
93.2 Pts 100 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
203 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
159 Pts
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
401 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
317 Pts
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
788 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
624 Pts
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1376 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
1162 Pts
Market Share
Based on 52,710,175 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.94 % Hugely higher market share.
0.23 %
Value For Money
109 % Much better value.
81.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
102 % Much more popular.
57 %
Price (score)
$278 Much cheaper.
6 Months 1+ Months Hugely more recent.
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
2078 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
1702 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1879 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
1572 Pts

Intel’s latest 10-core i5-12600K Alder Lake desktop processor offers an impressive 50% 64-core performance improvement over it's predecessor. The 12600K combines six hyper-threaded Golden Cove P-cores with clock speeds up to 4.9 GHz and four energy efficient Gracemont E-cores for a total of 16 threads. Alder Lake CPUs have a new LGA 1700 socket which requires new cooler brackets and a new Z690 motherboard. Z690 brings several new features including PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. Most Z690 boards will ship in both DDR4 and DDR5 variants. DDR4 is likely the better option, at least until DDR5 prices settle. With an MRSP of just $290 USD, the 12600K is both cheaper and faster than the competition in both single and, notably, multi-core performance. As a result, even AMD's prolific marketing infrastructure (youtube, reddit, forums etc.) will struggle to drive sales, at least until Zen 4 launches (est. late 2022). In the meantime, Intel's i5-12600K is the obvious choice for consumers that do not wish to pay over the odds for almost unparalleled performance in the majority of workloads including gaming. That said, gamers that already own a K series CPU from the 8th gen. or higher will see limited gains in the majority of titles when paired with a 3060 (or lower) tier GPU. In some cases (e.g. PUBG or Overwatch) gamers will see fewer frame drops by disabling the E-Cores all together. If recent history is a guide, stock levels at MSRP are likely to deplete rapidly. [Nov '21 CPUPro]


The 5800X3D has the same core architecture / IPC as the 5800X but it runs at lower clock speeds and has an extra 64MB of cache (96MB up from 32MB). This results in relatively low latency at 128MB because those transfers have a higher chance of remaining in cache. For most real-world tasks performance will be comparable to the significantly cheaper 5800X. Some specific cache sensitive scenarios such as canned game benchmarks with a 3090-Ti will benefit. Be wary of sponsored reviews with cherry picked games that showcase the wins and ignore the losses. Also watch out for AMD’s army of Neanderthal social media accounts on reddit, forums and youtube, they will be singing their own praises as usual. AMD’s marketers continue to show more interest in this year’s bonuses than the longevity of the brand. Instead of focusing on real-world performance, they attempt to dupe consumers with benchmark busting headlines. The same tactics were used with the Radeon 5000 series GPUs. In order to compete, Zen4 needs to bring substantial IPC improvements, rather than overpriced "3D" marketing gimmicks. Either way, new high end PC gaming builders have little reason to look further than the 12600K. Users with an existing AM4 build should wait a few more months for better performance with Raptor Lake or even Zen4 rather than wasting money on an end-of-life platform. [Mar '22 CPUPro]


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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


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