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Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake Mid-Ranger Destroys Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K Flagship, 50% Faster Than AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

Another round of leaked benchmarks for the Intel Core i5-12600K CPU have appeared just weeks before its official reviews & they show some amazing performance numbers.

Intel Core i5-12600K Alder Lake Mid-Ranger Destroys Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K Flagship, 50% Faster Than AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

We already got to see the CPU-z performance benchmarks in what seemed to be alleged tests but now we have more official validations confirming that the performance we saw earlier is indeed true & Intel is on its way to launch one of their best Core i5 gaming chip to date, tackling the likes of previous-generation Ryzen 7 and Core i9 CPUs.

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Intel Core i5-12600K 10 Core / 16 Thread Desktop CPU

The Intel Core i5-12600K will be the entry-level unlocked chip within the 12th Gen line. The CPU will carry 6 Golden Cove and 4 Gracemont cores for a total of 10 cores (6+4) & 16 threads (12+4). The P-cores (Golden Cove) will operate at a maximum boost frequency of up to 4.9 GHz with 1-2 active cores and 4.5 GHz with all-cores active while the E-cores (Gracemont) will operate at 3.6 GHz across 1-4 cores & up to 3.4 GHz when all cores are loaded. The CPU will feature 20 MB of L3 cache and TDP values are maintained at 125W (PL1) and 228W (PL2).

The performance benchmarks show the Intel Core i5-12600K blasting up the single-core test with a score of 773 points and the multi-core test with 7220 points. This puts the Core i5 Alder Lake at a massive 50% lead over the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and even faster than AMD’s 8 core and 16 thread Ryzen 7 5800X which is very impressive. Versus the leaked Core i5-12400 benchmarks, the Core i5-12600K offers a 45% increase in multi-threaded performance which means that those E-cores are being used properly plus the higher clock speeds really push the performance even further. Even Intel’s Rocket Lake flagship couldn’t keep up with the new Core i5 chip which ends up 13% faster in single and 10% faster in the multi-core tests.

The Intel Core i5-12600K beats the Rocket Lake flagship, the Core i9-11900K, with ease and it shows that Intel is seriously going to give AMD a tough time in the mainstream segment if these numbers are to be believed. We are just a few weeks away from the NDA lift and the Core i5-12600K is going to be one chip that many consumers, especially gamers, are going to be interested in.

Intel Core i5 Desktop CPU Generational Comparison

CPU Name Core i5-12600K Core i5-11600K Core i5-10600K Core i5-9600K Core i5-8600K Core i5-7600K Core i5-6600K
Family 12th Gen Alder Lake 11th Gen Rocket Lake 10th Gen Comet Lake 9th Gen Coffee Lake 8th Gen Coffee Lake 7th Gen Kaby Lake 6th Gen Skylake
Architecture Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Cypress Cove Skylake Skylake Skylake Skylake Skylake
Process Node Intel 7 (10nm ESF) 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
CPU Cores 10 (6+4) 6 6 6 6 4 4
CPU Threads 16 (12+4) 12 12 6 6 4 4
Base Clock 3.70 GHz (P-Core)
2.80 GHz (E-Core)
3.90 GHz 4.10 GHz 3.70 GHz 3.60 GHz 3.90 GHz 3.50 GHz
Boost Clock 4.90 GHz (P-Core)
3.60 GHz (E-Core)
4.90 GHz 4.80 GHz 4.60 GHz 4.30 GHz 4.20 GHz 3.90 GHz
Cache 20 MB L3 12 MB L3 12 MB L3 9 MB L3 9 MB L3 6 MB L3 6 MB L3
TDP (PL1) 95W 95W 95W 95W 95W 91W 91W
Price $262? $262 $262 $262 $257 $257 $242
Launch 2021 2021 2020 2018 2017 2017 2015

So we know that the performance should match or surpass the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X but what’s the pricing going to be like. It is stated that the Core i5-12600K should follow the pricing of the previous Intel Core i5 chips. If we look at the historical pricing of Intel’s Core i5 CPUs starting with 7th Gen & up till the recent 11th Gen Rocket Lake parts, you will see that the MSRP has remained within the $260-$270 US price range. Intel is unlikely to change the pricing model of Core i5 CPUs with its 12th Gen processors so if that’s the case, we will be looking at the Core i5-12600K at around $260 US. It should also be noted that a ‘KF’ variant would also be introduced that could retail around $25-$30 US lower, bringing the overall pricing down to the $235-$245 range.

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Now think about it this way, you are essentially getting slightly better performance than the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, a $400 US+ chip, in a processor that costs $30 US lower than the Ryzen 5 5600X. It sounds like an absolutely phenomenal deal. Obviously, there are a few drawbacks which include investing in a brand new platform and migrating to a new OS platform (Windows 11 in this case) which would raise the cost and effort but if you set your mind aside from these short-term concerns, the Core i5-12600K could end up serving you far better performance at an insane value proposition. Furthermore, it is also stated that owing to the 12600K being segmented in the Core i5 lineup, its power consumption and thermals won’t be as rampant as the high-end models.

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