Intel Core i5-12600K

Intel Core i5-12600K Benchmark

Intel Core i5-12600K Processor benchmark, specs and release date - 4 GHz 10 core Intel 12th Generation Core i5 LGA 1700 CPU rating. Is the Core i5-12600K good for gaming?

CPU Benchmark Score

94 %
Very Good score from 13 samples
Low uncertainty
Very Good
27th of 1,233
18th of 1,233
13 benchmarks

CPU benchmarks

Here are the performance results of this CPU in both the hardwareDB Benchmark and other benchmark utilities. Synthetic tests are an estimation of real-world performance using consistent and repeatable benchmarks.


Very Good

94 %



120 %


Very Good

85 %

Heavy Workloads

Very Good

83 %

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Alternative benchmarks

Here are some benchmark results using alternative testing software

Geekbench (multi)

Geekbench (multi)

Multi threaded benchmark

Geekbench (single)

Geekbench (single)

Single threaded benchmark

Cinebench R23

Cinebench R23

Multi threaded benchmark

3DMark Physics

3DMark Physics

Physics simulation benchmark


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CPU Comparison

The Intel Core i5-12600K compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more CPUs with our CPU Comparison Tool.

Intel Core i7-12700F
107 %
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
106 %
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
100 %
Intel Core i7-12700
96 %
Intel Core i5-12600K
94 %
Intel Core i5-12500
71 %
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
64 %


Clock Speed 3.7 GHz
Turbo Speed 4.9 GHz
Cores 10
Threads 16
L1 Cache 800 KiB
L3 Cache 20 MiB
PCIe Revision 5
PCIe Lanes 20
Socket LGA 1700
Family 12th Generation Core i5
Memory Type DDR5-4800
Memory Channels 2
Max Memory 128 GiB
Release Date 2021-11-01
Supports ECC Memory Yes
Has Unlocked Multiplier Yes
TDP 150 W

Intel Core i5-12600K

The Core i5-12600K is a 10 core CPU from Intel released in 2021. This chip has a very good overall score at 94% in our CPU benchmark. Our gaming benchmark shows that this CPU is an incredible processor for gaming, with a score of 120%. As for multitasking and heavy workloads, the Core i5-12600K scores 85% and 83% respectively. Indeed, this is a very good rating for very heavy workloads.

The Core i5-12600K has 10 cores and 16 threads. This CPU makes use of simultaneous multithreading technology to improve performance on parallel tasks. Each physical CPU core is divided into multiple logical processors. This Intel CPU has a clock speed of 3.7 GHz and a turbo speed of 4.9 GHz : a higher clock speed that can be reached when thermals and power delivery allow. This CPU has an unlocked multiplier and allows for overclocking. With adequate cooling and a good power supply, it's possible to run this CPU at a higher clock speed.

As for memory, the Core i5-12600K makes use of DDR5-4800 memory. The faster the memory, the better. Faster memory means that the CPU doesn't have to wait to get the data it needs. It can accommodate a maximum of 128 GiB of memory. Furthermore, this chip can handle up to 2 channels of RAM, a multichannel memory architecture allows for higher data transfer between the CPU and the memory. However, to take advantage of this, you must have enough memory slots filled. Error correcting memory is supported on this processor.

In terms of cache, the Core i5-12600K has 800 KiB of level 1 cache, and 20 MiB of level 3 cache. This is a fast memory located close to the processor, which stores copies of frequently used data from main memory.

This CPU has fast connectivity with support for PCI-Express Gen 5. The faster the PCIe link, the better. This allows for better performance with GPUs and NVME SSDs. It has a total of 20 PCIe lanes.

Power and thermals for the Intel Core i5-12600K CPU are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 150 watts. This measures the amount of heat the processor produces when running at full load. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's good estimate.

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