Core i7-12700KF: specs and benchmarks


Aggregated performance score

Core i7-12700KF provides good benchmark performance at 22.27% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WXRyzen ThreadripperPRO 7995WX


Intel started Core i7-12700KF sales 4 November 2021 at a recommended price of $384. This is an Alder Lake, Golden Cove, Gracemont architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office 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 FCLGA1700 processor with a TDP of 125 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 memory.

Primary details

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

Place in performance ranking205
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation58.13
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameAlder Lake, Golden Cove, Gracemont (2021)
Release date4 November 2021 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$384of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$359 (0.9x MSRP)of 15701 (Xeon Platinum 8276L)

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 cores12 (Dodeca-Core)
Base clock speed3.6 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed5 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support8 × 16 GT/s
L1 cache80K (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache1.25 MB (per core)of 96 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache25 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithographyIntel 7 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
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 multiplierYes


Information on Core i7-12700KF 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 i7-12700KF. 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)+
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 i7-12700KF's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
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 9124)


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version5.0 and 4.0
PCI Express lanes20of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-12700KF. 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.

i7-12700KF 22.27


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%

i7-12700KF 34449

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%

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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%

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Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i7-12700KF's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.

Ryzen 7 7700 100.45
Core i7-12700KF 100
Ryzen 9 5900 99.87

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-12700KF is Ryzen 9 5900, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our ranking.

Ryzen 9 5900Ryzen 95900

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-12700KF:

Ryzen 9 3950X 112.62
Ryzen 7 7700 100.45
Core i7-12700KF 100
Ryzen 9 5900 99.87

Similar processors

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

Ryzen 9 5900Ryzen 95900
Ryzen 7 7800X3DRyzen 77800X3D
i9-12900Core i912900
Ryzen 7 7700Ryzen 77700
i7-12700KCore i712700K
i7-13700ECore i713700E

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i7-12700KF, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i7-12700KF in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 7272 configurations using Core i7-12700KF in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
3.2% (236/7272)
RTX 4080 GeForce RTX 4080
2.1% (156/7272)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
6.2% (452/7272)
RX 7900 XTX Radeon RX 7900 XTX
0.2% (12/7272)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
1.6% (119/7272)
RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 7900 XT
0.1% (7/7272)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.2% (17/7272)

Community ratings

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