Core i5-12600K vs Core i7-12700 specs and performance
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-12700 performs better than the Core i5-12600K. Despite this, the Core i5-12600K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.
With info from our database, we find that the Core i7-12700 has slightly more cores with 12 cores whereas the Core i5-12600K has 10 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12600K. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-12700. Furthermore, both these CPUs have identical turbo speeds. The Core i7-12700 outputs less heat than Core i5-12600K thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i5-12600K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.