Average Bench: 109% (6th of 1323)

Based on 1,674 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. early 2023). 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 9.0% 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 191Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 378Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12600K is just 17.8%. 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 82Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,251Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,674 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.2 Memory 82 93
179 1-Core 191 202
353 2-Core 378 403
117% 217 Pts
Min Avg Max
650 4-Core 728 793
1,103 8-Core 1,251 1,409
124% 989 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,688 64-Core 1,873 2,080
126% 1,873 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 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.9
1-Core 191
2-Core 396
116% 221 Pts
4-Core 764
8-Core 1,307
130% 1,036 Pts
64-Core 1,947
131% 1,947 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.4
1-Core 193
2-Core 380
115% 216 Pts
4-Core 740
8-Core 1275
127% 1,007 Pts
64-Core 1,904
128% 1,904 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.8
1-Core 196
2-Core 380
116% 217 Pts
4-Core 739
8-Core 1,201
123% 970 Pts
64-Core 1,876
126% 1,876 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.5
1-Core 188
2-Core 356
111% 207 Pts
4-Core 657
8-Core 1,267
119% 962 Pts
64-Core 1883
126% 1883 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $290 @ launch in Oct '21
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Typical Core i5-12600K Builds (Compare 630 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 247%
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Desktop 111%
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Workstation 258%
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Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,966

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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11 hrs ago.

because its cheaper than a 12900k but is almost as good as one


Liked

5 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

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


Excellent

8 days ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.


Excellent

1 month 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

21 days ago.

best value


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