Core i5-12600KF: specs and benchmarks


Aggregate performance score

Core i5-12600KF
10 cores / 16 threads, 125 Watt

Core i5-12600KF provides good benchmark performance at 17.77% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.


Intel started Core i5-12600KF sales 27 October 2021 at a recommended price of $264. This is an Alder Lake, Golden Cove, Gracemont architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office 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 DDR4, DDR5 Dual-channel memory.

Primary details

Core i5-12600KF processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking321
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation64.86
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i5
Architecture codenameAlder Lake, Golden Cove, Gracemont (2021)
Release date27 October 2021 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$264of 689 (Core i9-14900KS)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

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 cores10 (Deca-Core)
Base clock speed3.7 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.9 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache384 KBof 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache9.5 MBof 96 (EPYC 9654)
L3 cache2 MBof 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithographyIntel 7 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size215.25 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5950HQ)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplierYes


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 configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
Power consumption (TDP)125 Wattof 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.

Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Memory specs

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 typesDDR4, DDR5 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Maximum memory bandwidth76.805 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version4.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes20of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

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.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

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.

i5-12600KF 17.77


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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i5-12600KF 27492

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i5-12600KF 2488

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i5-12600KF 12130

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i5-12600KF's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.

Ryzen 7 5800X 101.41
Core i5-12600KF 100
Ryzen 5 7600 98.71

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i5-12600KF is Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-12600KF:

Ryzen 7 5800X 101.41
Core i5-12600KF 100
Ryzen 5 7600 98.71

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