IntelBX8071512600K
IntelBX80684I59600K

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

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 328,687 user samples
1,071 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 100% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 100% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 6th / 1323
Gaming
Gaming 109%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 110%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 114%
UFO
327,616 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 80% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.95 GHz (avg)
Poor: 80% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 50th / 1323
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
109 % Faster effective speed.
+17%
93.1 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
82.8 Pts 90.7 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
+10%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
190 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+43%
133 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
376 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+42%
264 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
724 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+40%
517 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
1248 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+69%
739 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
93.5 Pts 96.8 Pts +4%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
201 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+34%
150 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
401 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+35%
298 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
784 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+31%
598 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1387 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+59%
870 Pts
Market Share
Based on 48,332,893 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % 0.92 % Hugely higher market share.
+130%
Value
Value For Money
107 % +4% 103 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
99 % Slightly more popular.
+5%
94 %
Price
Price (score)
$300 $193 Much cheaper.
+36%
Age
Newest
1 Months Hugely more recent.
+97%
37 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
125 Watts 95 Watts More energy efficient.
+24%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
10 cores Much higher core count.
+67%
6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
16 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+167%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
10 nm Newer manufacturing.
+29%
14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.9 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+7%
4.6 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
2058 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+137%
870 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1872 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+151%
747 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Alder Lake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1700 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 770 UHD 630
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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. early 2023). 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]

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The hex-core i5-9600K is third in Intel’s line-up of 9th generation Coffee Lake CPUs. It has a TDP of 95W and requires an aftermarket cooler (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400). The 9600K was designed to be overclocked. Once this is enabled in the BIOS (requires a Z-series motherboard), the 9600K runs 10% faster. In terms of performance, the i5-9600K is almost unbeatable for desktop users and it has sufficient multi-core performance to handle all but the most demanding workstation tasks. For CPU encoding (Cinebench, Blender, Handbrake etc.) the Ryzen 3000 series offers great 64-core performance. For example the overclocked Ryzen 3600 is approximately 13% worse for gaming, desktop and normal consumer workloads but it is 27% faster for 64-core processing. CPU encoding is akin to using hair clippers on a lawn, encoding tasks are far better performed by dedicated hardware such an NVENC or QuickSync. At stock clocks the i5-9600K is around 8% slower than Intel’s flagship i9-9900K but when both are overclocked, the 9600K closes the gaming gap to within two or three percent. Considering that the 9900K is the fastest gaming processor available, and almost twice the price of the 9600K, this is no small feat. The i5-9600K is aimed squarely at gamers who are not willing to compromise on performance but don't want to pay more than they need to. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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