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.