Intel Core i7-12700K: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2021
Performance 33.89

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-12700K sales 4 November 2021. Based on Alder Lake architecture, this desktop processor is primarily aimed at home systems. It has 12 cores and 20 threads, and is based on Intel 7 manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 5000 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

33.89%

of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Core i7-12700K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating85
Value for money92.81
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameAlder Lake
Release date4 November 2021 (recently)
Price now$422 of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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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 cores12 (Dodeca-Core)
Threads20
Base clock speed3.6 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed5 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache12 MB (shared)
L3 cache25 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5557U)
64 bit support+
Unlocked multiplier+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-12700K 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)
Socket1700
Thermal design power (TDP)125 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-12700K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI+
AVX+
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.

TXT+
EDB+
Secure Key+
OS Guard+

Virtualization technologies

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

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-12700K's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR5-4800, DDR4-3200of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth76.8 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-12700K.

Integrated graphics cardIntel UHD Graphics 770
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.5 GHz
Execution Units32

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-12700K's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported4

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-12700K's integrated GPU, including resolutions over different interfaces.

Max resolution over HDMI 1.44096 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Max resolution over eDP5120 x 3200 @ 120Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-12700K's integrated GPU, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX12
OpenGL4.5

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version5.0 and 4.0of 3 (Core i7-7700K)
PCI Express lanes20of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-12700K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall 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.

i7-12700K 33.89
  • Passmark

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.

i7-12700K 29744

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-12700K is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-12700K performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-12700K from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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User rating

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