Intel Core i5-12600K CPU-Z validations confirm 50% higher performance than i5-11600K in multi-thread test

Published: 26th Oct 2021, 09:43 GMT   Comments

Intel Core i5-12600K: flagship performance at a mid-range price?

The only Core i5 SKU planned for November 4th Alder Lake launch is slowly becoming the most interesting highlight of the new series.

The Core i5-12600K is a hybrid CPU based on Intel 7 process node (previously referred to as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin) equipped with 6 Golden Cove (Performance/Big) cores and 4 Gracemont (Efficient/Atom/Small) cores, which gives a total core count of 10 cores. Since only the big cores support hyperthreading, Core i5-12600K is to offer 16 threads (6*2+4).

Intel Core i5-12600K CPU-Z 1.98 data, Source: Valid-x86

According to the rumors, the CPU is to feature 2.8 and 3.7 GHz base clocks and up to 3.6 and 4.9 GHz boost with up to 1-2 Efficient and Performance cores respectively. The primary frequency reported by CPU-Z software is from the Performance cores, which appear to be between 4.5 GHz to 4.7 GHz.

Intel Core i5-12600K Validations, Source: Valid-x86

The processor has indeed reached 4.9 GHz on a single-core in one of the validations, which happens to be using CPU-Z 1.98 software. This version was released just today featuring enhanced Alder Lake support:

Intel Core i5-12600K Clock Speeds, Source: Valid-x86

It might be important to note that all three validations were using a different memory kit (OLOy, Corsair, and TeamGroup) and all of them were running at 4.8 GT/s.

Intel Core i5-12600K Validations, Source: Valid-x86

The processor scored 760 to 773 points in the single-thread test and 7156 to 7220 points in the multi-thread workload. Such results outperform high-end SKUs such as Core i9-11900K or Ryzen 7 5800X. That said, Intel Alder Lake appears to be a true generation leap over Rocket Lake, and should the pricing remain similar to the previous generation (11600K MSRP was 262 USD), it will also be a major core increase per dollar.

CPU-Z Performance
VideoCardz.comConfigurationSingle-ThreadMulti-Thread
Intel Alder Lake (Intel 7, Golden Cove/Gracemont)
Core i9-12900K
 
16C (8+8)/24T
 
827
 
11456
Core i7-12700K
 
12C (8+4)/20T
 
800
 
9423
Core i5-12600K #1
 
10C (6+4)/16T
 
773
 
7220
Core i5-12600K #2
 
10C (6+4)/16T
 
760
 
7156
Intel Rocket Lake (14nm, Cypress Cove)
Core i9-11900K
 
8C/16T
 
682
 
6458
Core i7-11700K
 
8C/16T
 
645
 
6261
Core i5-11600K
 
6C/12T
 
633
 
4731
AMD Vermeer (7nm, Zen3)
Ryzen 9 5950X
 
16C/32T
 
647
 
11856
Ryzen 9 5900X
 
12C/24T
 
648
 
9544
Ryzen 7 5800X
 
8C/16T
 
640
 
6560
Ryzen 5 5600X
 
6C/12T
 
624
 
4811

Intel is set to debut its 12th Gen Core series on November 4th with as many as six SKU. The leaks have not yet provided a clear answer whether Alder Lake will see an increase in pricing or whether Intel will try to undercut Ryzen 5000 series by offering more cores for the price, something that Intel has not done since the first Ryzen series was released.

Intel 12th Gen Core Series (Alder Lake-S)
VideoCardzCores / ThreadsCore TypeBase ClockAll-Core BoostMax BoostTDP
i9-12900K(F)
 
8C+8c/24T
P-Core (Big)
 
3.2 GHz
 
4.9 GHz
 
5.3 GHz
 
125W
E-Core (Small)
 
2.4 GHz
 
3.7 GHz
 
3.9 GHz
i7-12700K(F)
 
8C+4c/20T
P-Core (Big)
 
3.6 GHz
 
4.7 GHz
 
5.0 GHz
 
125W
E-Core (Small)
 
2.7 GHz
 
3.6 GHz
 
3.8 GHz
i5-12600K(F)
 
6C+4c/16T
P-Core (Big)
 
3.7 GHz
 
4.5 GHz
 
4.9 GHz
 
125W
E-Core (Small)
 
2.8 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
 
3.6 GHz

Source: CPU-Z Validator via @TUM_APISAK




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