Average Bench: 108% (10th of 1335)

Based on 5,523 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 8.5% 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.

Strengths

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 20.6%. 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 82.2Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,245Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,523 samples)
Min Avg Max
70.6 Memory 82.2 93.1
163 1-Core 189 202
322 2-Core 374 402
116% 215 Pts
Min Avg Max
607 4-Core 722 781
1,090 8-Core 1,245 1,376
124% 983 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,695 64-Core 1,880 2,077
126% 1,880 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 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.2
1-Core 202
2-Core 401
125% 231 Pts
4-Core 798
8-Core 1,434
140% 1,116 Pts
64-Core 2,056
138% 2,056 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.8
1-Core 196
2-Core 394
120% 224 Pts
4-Core 758
8-Core 1,298
129% 1,028 Pts
64-Core 1,974
132% 1,974 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.5
1-Core 198
2-Core 391
119% 223 Pts
4-Core 726
8-Core 907
108% 816 Pts
64-Core 1,828
123% 1,828 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.4
1-Core 145
2-Core 403
106% 208 Pts
4-Core 639
8-Core 1,331
120% 985 Pts
64-Core 2128
143% 2128 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $290 @ launch in Oct '21
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Typical Core i5-12600K Builds (Compare 2,440 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 217%
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Desktop 111%
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Workstation
Workstation 227%
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Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 104% - Outstanding Total price: $685

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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


Excellent

19 days ago.

So much value and power in so little sand


Poor

4 days ago.

Does what I need and performance for it's price point is amazing and unparrelled.


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

It's really good and helped me a lot.


Excellent

2 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

2 months ago.

best value


Excellent

3 days ago.

good


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Intel Core i5-12600K $295Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $50
Intel Core i5-12400F $184Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i5-11600K $245Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $200
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