Average Bench: 109% (8th of 1355)

Based on 23,072 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 8.6% 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.


Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 189Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 374Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12600K is 20.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-12600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Memory Latency 82.4Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,245Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 23,072 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.1 Memory 82.4 93.1
171 1-Core 189 202
337 2-Core 374 403
116% 215 Pts
Min Avg Max
645 4-Core 722 788
1,111 8-Core 1,245 1,376
124% 983 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,641 64-Core 1,866 2,060
125% 1,866 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 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 212
2-Core 422
131% 243 Pts
4-Core 826
8-Core 1,377
139% 1,101 Pts
64-Core 2,152
144% 2,152 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.3
1-Core 200
2-Core 399
125% 231 Pts
4-Core 762
8-Core 1,264
128% 1,013 Pts
64-Core 1,925
129% 1,925 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.7
1-Core 191
2-Core 387
120% 222 Pts
4-Core 747
8-Core 1,302
129% 1,024 Pts
64-Core 1,871
126% 1,871 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 57.9
1-Core 186
2-Core 371
106% 205 Pts
4-Core 742
8-Core 1,346
130% 1,044 Pts
64-Core 1,927
129% 1,927 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 52,745,994 CPUs tested.


MSRP ≈ $290 @ launch in Oct '21
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Gaming 181%
Desktop 111%
Workstation 189%

Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,258

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 6 months ago.


2 days ago.


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


14 days ago.

i enjoy video editing now :) no buffering whatsoever


23 days ago.


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


9 days ago.

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


4 hrs ago.

Affordable, runs incredibly well


2 months ago.

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


6 months ago.


5 months ago.

It's really good and helped me a lot.


4 days ago.

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


6 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


2 months ago.

its pretty good for gaming and what not.


6 months ago.

best value


30 days 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


4 months ago.



3 months ago.

ive heard good reviews about this!

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