Average Bench: 109% (9th of 1358)

Based on 31,966 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 8.9% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 190Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 376Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12600K is just 17.6%. 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 82.4Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,253Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 31,966 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.4 Memory 82.4 93.5
176 1-Core 190 203
348 2-Core 376 403
116% 216 Pts
Min Avg Max
664 4-Core 724 791
1,119 8-Core 1,253 1,391
124% 989 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,699 64-Core 1,872 2,061
126% 1,872 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.1
1-Core 213
2-Core 422
130% 242 Pts
4-Core 806
8-Core 1429
140% 1,118 Pts
64-Core 2,114
142% 2,114 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 198
2-Core 386
122% 225 Pts
4-Core 748
8-Core 1,284
128% 1,016 Pts
64-Core 1,897
127% 1,897 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 197
2-Core 381
119% 220 Pts
4-Core 753
8-Core 1,146
122% 950 Pts
64-Core 1,543
104% 1,543 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 186
2-Core 374
115% 214 Pts
4-Core 725
8-Core 1,217
123% 971 Pts
64-Core 1,883
126% 1,883 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.2
1-Core 197
2-Core 381
122% 223 Pts
4-Core 652
8-Core 1,312
121% 982 Pts
64-Core 1,926
129% 1,926 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $290 @ launch in Oct '21
AmazonUS $27510 mins
EbayUS $28014 mins
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Typical Core i5-12600K Builds (Compare 9,049 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 180%
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Desktop
Desktop 111%
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Workstation
Workstation 188%
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Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $1,255

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 9 months ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

3 days 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


Excellent

2 days ago.


Excellent

13 hrs ago.

I‘m serious about recommending this CPU for this year 2022. This is performance is a beast I5-12600K + GTX1660 Super is good choices!

Comment 

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


Good

5 days ago.

i enjoy video editing now :) no buffering whatsoever


Excellent

6 days ago.

good value for performance great for the 3080


Disliked

4 days ago.

Comment 

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


Good

19 days ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

Affordable, runs incredibly well


Excellent

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

9 months ago.


Excellent

8 months ago.

It's really good and helped me a lot.


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

in multicore test this cpu has performance of i9 10900 . 10 cores 16 threads, 6 powerful cores & 4 energy efficient and DDR5 support


Excellent

5 months ago.

its pretty good for gaming and what not.


Excellent

9 months ago.

best value


Good

3 months 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

7 months ago.

good


Good

6 months ago.

ive heard good reviews about this!


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