Average Bench: 109% (24th of 1385)

Based on 51,264 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 9.5% 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. Quad Core Speed 740Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 194Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12600K is just 19.4%. 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 80.7Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,223Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 51,264 samples)
Min Avg Max
69.4 Memory 80.7 92.1
182 1-Core 194 207
360 2-Core 383 412
114% 219 Pts
Min Avg Max
662 4-Core 740 818
1,086 8-Core 1,223 1,356
120% 981 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,618 64-Core 1,750 1,935
108% 1,750 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.6
1-Core 203
2-Core 395
119% 228 Pts
4-Core 750
8-Core 1,312
124% 1,031 Pts
64-Core 1810
112% 1810 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.1
1-Core 194
2-Core 392
114% 221 Pts
4-Core 770
8-Core 1,249
124% 1,010 Pts
64-Core 1,791
111% 1,791 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 201
2-Core 393
115% 223 Pts
4-Core 746
8-Core 1,245
121% 995 Pts
64-Core 1,778
110% 1,778 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $290 @ launch in Oct '21
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Gaming 201%
Desktop 112%
Workstation 205%

Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $1,314

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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1 day ago.

top choice of 2022 for most cases


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


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


5 days ago.

Perfect if your just gaming but if you really need the e-cores go for the i5 13600k


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


2 months ago.

good value for performance great for the 3080


2 months ago.


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


1 month ago.

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


2 months ago.

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


27 days ago.


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


14 months ago.


13 months ago.

It's really good and helped me a lot.


8 months ago.

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


10 months ago.

its pretty good for gaming and what not.


14 months ago.

best value


9 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


12 months ago.



3 months ago.

Good for gamming


12 months ago.

ive heard good reviews about this!

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