Intel Core i5-12600K vs Intel Core i7-12700F

Compare Intel 12th Generation Core i5 10 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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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 277.99
$ 10.81 slightly less expensive
$ 288.80

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

94 %
107 %
13% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

120 %
122 %
1% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

85 %
102 %
20% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

83 %
101 %
21% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

11624
12276
5% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1854
4% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
1773
Cinebench R23 score

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

17491
14% slightly higher Cinebench R23 score
15291
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

13149
15031
14% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

10
12
20% slightly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

16
20
25% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.7 GHz
12% slightly higher clock speed
3.3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4.9 GHz
Identical
4.9 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

150 W
65 W
130% significantly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

20
Identical
20

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
Identical
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

800 KiB
960 KiB
20% slightly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

20 MiB
25 MiB
25% slightly more L3 cache

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

25th of 1,219
16th of 1,219

Family

The product line

12th Generation Core i5
12th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2021
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR5-4800
DDR5-4800

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

Yes
-

Core i5-12600K vs Core i7-12700F comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-12700F beats the Core i5-12600K in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-12600K in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i7-12700F has slightly more cores than the Core i5-12600K. Indeed, the Core i7-12700F has 12 cores compared to 10 cores found in the Core i5-12600K. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12600K. Our comparison shows that the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-12700F. Furthermore, both these CPUs have identical turbo speeds. The Core i7-12700F 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.

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