12 Cores, 20 Threads @3.6GHz, Alder Lake.
Release date: Q4 2021.


Release date ≈ Q2 2022.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 78,774 user samples
78,749 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 123% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 102% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 102% Great: 123%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1420
Gaming 114%
Desktop 114%
Workstation 126%
25 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 139% Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 5.75 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 98% Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 98% Great: 139%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1420
Gaming 119%
Desktop 120%
Workstation 139%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
114 % 119 % +5%
Avg. Memory Latency
81.7 Pts 85.3 Pts +4%
Avg. Single Core Speed
201 Pts 215 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
397 Pts 410 Pts +3%
Avg. Quad Core Speed
781 Pts 817 Pts +5%
Avg. Octa Core Speed
1407 Pts 1558 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
92.7 Pts 97.9 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Speed
212 Pts 244 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
423 Pts 487 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
841 Pts 974 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
1587 Pts 1940 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 64,396,118 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1 % Insanely higher market share.
0 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
91 % Hugely more popular.
50 %
22 Months 15+ Months Much more recent.
OC Multi Core Speed
2480 Pts 3798 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
2271 Pts 2688 Pts 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) September 2023 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]


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