2 Cores, 4 Threads @2.9 GHz, Haswell.
Release date ≤ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 67,983 user samples
7,298 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 41% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 41% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 547th / 1369
Gaming 58%
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 42%
Speed boat
60,685 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 122% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 103% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 103% Great: 122%
SPEED RANK: 11th / 1369
Gaming 114%
Desktop 114%
Workstation 126%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
57.7 % 114 % Hugely faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
77.1 Pts 81.4 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Speed
86.6 Pts 200 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
150 Pts 397 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Speed
223 Pts 780 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Speed
227 Pts 1425 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
90.4 Pts 92.6 Pts +2%
OC Single Core Speed
101 Pts 211 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
176 Pts 420 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
254 Pts 837 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
254 Pts 1598 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 57,263,412 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 1.44 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
63.2 % 109 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 98 % Hugely more popular.
Price (score)
$200 Much cheaper.
104+ Months 13 Months Hugely more recent.
OC Multi Core Speed
254 Pts 2481 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
228 Pts 2287 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.

The 12-core i7-12700K sits in the middle of Intel’s latest 12th gen. Alder Lake CPU line-up. It offers a significant performance improvement over it's predecessor (+50% 64-core). The 12700K features a new hybrid architecture which combines eight hyper-threaded performance cores with four efficiency cores for a total of 20 threads. With an MSRP of $410 USD, the 12700K offers similar real world performance to the flagship i9-12900K, at a 30% price discount. Although, by historical standards, this represents superb value for money, most consumers should consider the 10-core 16-thread i5-12600K which offers comparable real-world performance for 30% less money. [Nov '21 CPUPro]


Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 2022 CPU Rankings.

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]


Group Test Results

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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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