Average Bench: 98.9% (66th of 1420)

Based on 3,045 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF00090675 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-12500

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-12500 averaged just 1.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-12500 near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Single Core Speed 180Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 343Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12500 is just 12.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-12500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,204Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 80.5Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 3,045 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.3 Memory 80.5 91.7
168 1-Core 180 190
314 2-Core 343 368
107% 201 Pts
Min Avg Max
564 4-Core 630 689
939 8-Core 991 1,051
99.8% 810 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,138 64-Core 1,204 1,249
74.5% 1,204 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.2
1-Core 171
2-Core 343
102% 196 Pts
4-Core 626
8-Core 958
98% 792 Pts
64-Core 1,210
75% 1,210 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.5
1-Core 184
2-Core 319
102% 192 Pts
4-Core 625
8-Core 970
98% 798 Pts
64-Core 1,220
76% 1,220 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 78
1-Core 178
2-Core 327
104% 195 Pts
4-Core 600
8-Core 596
80% 598 Pts
64-Core 563
35% 563 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.2
1-Core 184
2-Core 348
104% 200 Pts
4-Core 603
8-Core 999
98% 801 Pts
64-Core 1212
75% 1212 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.2
1-Core 169
2-Core 330
100% 190 Pts
4-Core 561
8-Core 920
91% 741 Pts
64-Core 1,234
76% 1,234 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 64,577,790 CPUs tested.


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Desktop 105%
Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $705

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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While the 12400 may be more popular, the better intel UHD iGPU and slightly higher clock speeds make this CPU worthwhile.—Jul '22


1 month ago.

Actually people are less aware of 12500 and moreover to its power and capability specially of it's iGPU, meanwhile 12400 had been more advertised so is more popular but definitely can't compete with 12500.


17 months ago.

Intel's i5 12500 is a weird processor. It is around $40 more expensive than the i5 12400(F) for slightly higher clocks and a better iGPU that most gamers will not care about - which is the thing Alder Lake focuses most on from what we've seen. It is not good value. This does not mean it is a bad CPU, it is still very capable of gaming and could be more capable in workstation and desktop use thanks to the improved iGPU. I do not believe it deserves a $40 tax for those situations though.

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