IntelBX80648I75960X
IntelBX8071512600K

8 Cores, 16 Threads @3.0GHz, Haswell-E.
Release date: Q3 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 117,031 user samples
15,468 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 70% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 70% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 235th / 1456
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship
101,563 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 100% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 100% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 50th / 1456
Gaming
Gaming 109%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 110%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 111%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
80.5 % 109 % Much faster effective speed.
+35%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
87 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
+9%
80 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Speed
100 Pts 194 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
+94%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Speed
201 Pts 382 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
+90%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Speed
398 Pts 736 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+85%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Speed
718 Pts 1223 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+70%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
95.3 Pts +5% 91.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Speed
128 Pts 207 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+62%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Speed
254 Pts 416 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+64%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Speed
502 Pts 813 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+62%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Speed
920 Pts 1367 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+49%
Market Share
Based on 68,097,896 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 0.72 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,700%
Value
Value For Money
72.8 % 126 % Much better value.
+73%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 98 % Much more popular.
+75%
Price
Price (score)
$400 $164 Much cheaper.
+59%
Age
Newest
118 Months 31 Months Much more recent.
+74%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
140 Watts 125 Watts More energy efficient.
+11%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores 10 cores Higher core count.
+25%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
16 threads 16 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 10 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+55%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3 GHz 3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+23%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.5 GHz 4.9 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
+40%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Speed
1353 Pts 1926 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+42%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1075 Pts 1743 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+62%
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell-E Alder Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA2011-V3 FCLGA1700
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None UHD 770
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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. 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]

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