Intel Core i5-12600KF: specs and benchmarks



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 FCLGA1700 processor with a TDP of 125 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 21.79% of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 9654.

EPYC 9654EPYC9654

General info

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

Place in performance ranking252
Value for money68.57
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i5
Architecture codenameAlder Lake, Golden Cove, Gracemont (2021)
Release date27 October 2021 (1 year old)
Launch price (MSRP)$264of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$255 (1x MSRP)of 15710 (Xeon Platinum 8276L)
Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

Technical specs

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 (Ryzen 9 7900X)
Boost clock speed4.9 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
Bus support8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache80K (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache1.25 MB (per core)of 36 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache20 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7773X)
Chip lithographyIntel 7 nmof 4 (Ryzen 9 7940H)
Die size215.25 mm220.5 mm × 10.5 mm
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5950HQ)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplier+


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 (Xeon Platinum 8160M)
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.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Speed Shift+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0-

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

Secure Key+
OS Guard+

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 typesDDR5-4800, DDR4-3200of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940H)
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth76.8 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9654)


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version5.0 and 4.0
PCI Express lanes20of 128 (EPYC 7401)

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 21.79


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 27463

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: 41%

i5-12600KF 2439

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: 41%

i5-12600KF 11825

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-12600KF performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i5-12600KF is Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our ranking.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950XRyzen Threadripper1950X

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

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Ryzen 5 7600Ryzen 57600
i5-12600KCore i512600K
i9-10940XCore i910940X
Ryzen 7 5800XRyzen 75800X
i5-13600TCore i513600T
Ryzen 7 5700XRyzen 75700X

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i5-12600KF, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i5-12600KF in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 4296 configurations based on Core i5-12600KF in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
1% (45/4296)
RTX 4080 GeForce RTX 4080
0.5% (20/4296)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
3.6% (153/4296)
RX 7900 XTX Radeon RX 7900 XTX
0.02% (1/4296)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
1.1% (48/4296)
RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 7900 XT
0.2% (9/4296)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.3% (13/4296)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
2.1% (92/4296)
RX 6900 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
0.4% (19/4296)
RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.6% (26/4296)

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