Intel Core i5-12600KF processor review - Benchmark and Specs

The processor Intel Core i5-12600KF is developed on the 10 nm technology node and architecture Alder Lake S. Its base clock speed is 3.70 GHz, and maximum clock speed in turbo boost - 4.90 GHz. Intel Core i5-12600KF contains 10 processing cores. To make a right choice for computer upgrading, please get familiar with the detailed technical specifications and benchmark results. Check socket compatibility before choosing.

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General info

The base and maximum clock speed of the CPU Intel Core i5-12600KF, number of processing cores and threads.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The general performance of a CPU can easily be determined based on the number of its cores and the thread count, as well as the base frequency and Turbo frequency. The more GHz and cores a CPU has, the better. Please note that high technical specs require using a powerful cooling system and a quality chipset (check VRM on the motherboard).

Frequency: 3.70 GHz   CPU Cores: 10
Turbo (1 Core): 4.90 GHz   CPU Threads: 16
Hyperthreading: Yes   Overclocking: Yes
Turbo (10 Cores): 4.50 GHz   Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A core: 6x Golden Cove   B core: 4x Gracemont
C core: --  

CPU generation and family

Name: Intel Core i5-12600KF   Segment: Desktop / Server
CPU group: Intel Core i 12000
Family: Intel Core i5   Generation: 12
Predecessor: Intel Core i5-11600KF   Successor: --

Internal Graphics

Some manufacturers complement their CPUs with graphic chips, such a solution being especially popular in laptops. The higher the clock frequency of a GPU is and the bigger its memory, the better.

GPU name: no iGPU
GPU (Turbo): No turbo   Max. GPU Memory: --

Hardware codec support

Here we deal with specs that are used by some CPU manufacturers. These numbers are mainly technical and can be neglected for the purpose of the comparison analysis.

h264: No
VP8: No
VP9: No
VC-1: No
h265 / HEVC (8 bit): No
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): No
AV1: No


Data encryption support

AES-NI: Yes  

Memory & AMP; PCIe

Memory type: DDR4-3200 DDR5-4800   Max. Memory: 128 GB
ECC: No   Memory channels: 2
PCIe version: 5.0   PCIe lanes: 20

Thermal Management

Tjunction max.: 100 °C   TDP up: --
TDP down: --   TDP (PL1): 125 W
TDP (PL2): 150 W  

Technical details

These are key parameters that will help you determine which CPU is better. Pay special attention to the release date, technological aspects of the manufacturing process (measured in nanometers), and the third-level cache (L3).

L3-Cache: 20.00 MB   Technology: 10 nm
Architecture: Alder Lake S   Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Socket: LGA 1700   Release date: Q4/2021
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)   L2-Cache: 9.50 MB
Part Number: BX8071512600KF
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+

Devices using this processor

You probably know already what devices use CPUs. These can be a desktop or a laptop.

Used in: Unknown

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

The latter is used for creation of 3D models and forms. Cinebench R15 is used for single-core processor performance benchmark test. The hyperthreading ability doesn't count. It is the updated version of Cinebench 11.5. As all new versions, the updated benchmark is based on Cinema 4 Suite software

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is based on Cinema 4 Suite. It is the software used to create 3D forms. The benchmark runs for single-core test procedure without counting of hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

It is the new version of the benchmark which is developed on the basis of Cinebench R15 (both versions are operated on the basis of Cinema 4 - the most popular 3D modeling software). Cinebench R20 is used for multi-core processor performance benchmark tests and hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the newest instalment of the most popular CPU Rendering Benchmark Multi-Core Cinebench. We have the Score Results for all modern Processors

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