Average Bench: 109% (45th of 1442)

Based on 101,563 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF00090672 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-12600K

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]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-12600K averaged 8.7% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-12600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Quad Core Speed 736Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 194Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12600K is just 17.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-12600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 80Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,223Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 101,563 samples)
Min Avg Max
69.7 Memory 80 91.1
180 1-Core 194 207
358 2-Core 382 416
114% 219 Pts
Min Avg Max
672 4-Core 736 813
1,095 8-Core 1,223 1,367
119% 979 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,607 64-Core 1,743 1,926
108% 1,743 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.6
1-Core 203
2-Core 400
120% 230 Pts
4-Core 753
8-Core 1,348
126% 1,050 Pts
64-Core 1,832
113% 1,832 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 192
2-Core 387
115% 221 Pts
4-Core 745
8-Core 1,332
125% 1,038 Pts
64-Core 1,763
109% 1,763 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.4
1-Core 198
2-Core 376
114% 218 Pts
4-Core 736
8-Core 1,255
121% 995 Pts
64-Core 1,797
111% 1,797 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.2
1-Core 194
2-Core 377
111% 215 Pts
4-Core 726
8-Core 1,216
118% 971 Pts
64-Core 1,764
109% 1,764 Pts
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Gaming 199%
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Desktop 111%
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Workstation 203%
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Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $210

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 2 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

20 hrs ago.

Comment 

People may think i7-i9 make difference, will they are right but with a low price like this and a great performance even the performance difference is not that and the price is lower than i7-i9. Then why being a boomer? BUY i5-12600kf/k ;}—Jul '22

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This CPU is amazing. For $250 you can get a processor that performs better than the i7-11700k. the i5-12600k is even better than the i9-11900k with faster speeds (barely) and more cores. this thing is impressive. I love my 12600k—Jul '22


Liked

3 months ago.

Comment 

Destroys the 5800X despite having only 6 performance cores while the 5800X has 8. —Nov '21


Excellent

3 months ago.

high temporary boost speeds create synthetic benchmarks


Good

1 month ago.

Really nice, use a simple cooler, always temp is good

Comment 

Best proc. I've ever owned. And believe me there have been a few. Good combo with a RTX 3080.—May '22


Excellent

1 month ago.

its updated unlike 4th generation because 4th cant run win 11


Good

2 months ago.

Good for money. Its even can beat 11900k. Very recommended for 2022


Good

11 days ago.

using it for3D CAd Design (32Gb DDR4) works great.


Liked

1 month ago.

Comment 

i5-12600K is an amazing value/performance build combined with MSI PRO Z690 + 32GB DDR4 3600MHZ + GTX 1070TI —Jul '22


Good

2 years ago.


Poor

9 months ago.

It's really good and helped me a lot.


Excellent

23 months ago.

Way better, its much cheaper and may be the same as the latest core i7


Excellent

2 years ago.

its pretty good for gaming and what not.


Excellent

2 years ago.

best value


Good

2 years ago.

Pros: Great balance of price and performance, doesn't require a ridiculous cooler to perform well Cons: DDR5 is EXPENSIVE and DDR4 options are limited, but that's pretty much it. Equals: Does what it needs to do without breaking the bank


Excellent

18 months ago.

Good for gamming


Excellent

14 months ago.

Wonderful cpu! Can handle everything thrown at it.


Excellent

2 years ago.

good


Good

2 years ago.

ive heard good reviews about this!


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Intel Core i5-13600K $273Nvidia RTX 4060 $295Crucial MX500 250GB $40
Intel Core i5-12400F $133Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $385Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12600K $15Nvidia RTX 4070 $539Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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