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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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

114 %
133 %
16% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

143 %
149 %
4% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

105 %
127 %
20% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

103 %
126 %
22% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

14% slightly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

20% slightly more cores


Number of logical processing units

25% slightly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
12% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz


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


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

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


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

21st 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

November 2021
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 i5-12600K 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.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Core i7-12700F has slightly more cores with 10 compared to the Core i5-12600K that has 12. It also has more threads than the Core i5-12600K.

Our database shows that the Core i5-12600K has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-12700F. 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.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Core i7-12700F over the Core i5-12600K.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Core i5-12600K and the Core i7-12700F, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

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 i5-12600K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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