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Intel Core i5-12600KF: specs and benchmarks
- Core clock speed
- Max video memory
- Memory type
- Memory clock speed
- Maximum resolution
Intel started Intel Core i5-12600KF sales 4 November 2021. Based on Alder Lake architecture, this desktop processor is primarily aimed at home systems. It has 10 cores and 16 threads, and is based on Intel 7 manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4900 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is Intel Socket 1700 processor with a TDP of 125 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 memory.
It provides good benchmark performance at
of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.
Of Core i5-12600KF processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
|Place in performance rating||149|
|Value for money||98.91|
|Market segment||Desktop processor|
|Architecture codename||Alder Lake|
|Release date||4 November 2021 (recently)|
|Price now||$293||of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)|
Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
|Physical cores||10 (Deca-Core)|
|Base clock speed||3.7 GHz||of 4.7 (FX-9590)|
|Boost clock speed||4.9 GHz||of 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)|
|L1 cache||64K (per core)||of 896 (Atom C3950)|
|L2 cache||9.5 MB (shared)||of 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)|
|L3 cache||20 MB (shared)||of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)|
|Maximum core temperature||100 °C||of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)|
|Maximum case temperature (TCase)||72 °C||of 105 (Core i7-5557U)|
|64 bit support||+|
Information on Core i5-12600KF compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.
|Number of CPUs in a configuration||1||of 8 (Opteron 842)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||125 Watt||of 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)|
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-12600KF. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
|Instruction set extensions||Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2|
|Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)||+|
|Turbo Boost Technology||2.0|
|Turbo Boost Max 3.0||-|
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-12600KF's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
|Supported memory types||DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200||of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)|
|Maximum memory size||128 GB||of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)|
|Max memory channels||2||of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|Maximum memory bandwidth||76.8 GB/s||of 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
|PCIe version||5.0 and 4.0||of 3 (Core i7-7700K)|
|PCI Express lanes||20||of 128 (EPYC 7551P)|
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-12600KF. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.
Let's see how good Core i5-12600KF is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Overall Core i5-12600KF performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-12600KF from AMD is Ryzen 7 3800XT, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.
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