Intel Core i5-12500 vs Intel Core i7-12700F

Compare Intel 12th Generation Core i5 6 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i7 12 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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$ 251
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$ 313

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

86 %
133 %
54% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

118 %
149 %
26% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

77 %
127 %
64% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

74 %
126 %
70% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

57% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

66% significantly more threads

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
6% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
65 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots


Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

480 KiB
960 KiB
100% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

18 MiB
25 MiB
38% slightly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

93rd of 1,326
12th of 1,326


The product line

12th Generation Core i5
12th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2022
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i5-12500 vs Core i7-12700F comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-12700F is faster than the Core i5-12500. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-12500 in all gaming tests too.

With info from our database, we find that the Core i7-12700F has significantly more cores with 6 whereas the Core i5-12500 has 12. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12500. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i5-12500 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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