I5-12600K CPU ends AMD’s reign in the mid-range

Not only the most enthusiastic are waiting for the new generation of Intel CPUs, there are users who are waiting to know how the most modest processors in the range perform. That is why we bring you the results of the i5-12600K under CPU-Z so that you also know how it compares with its rival, the 5600X. Who is faster of the two?

Although it seems like a simple generational leap, the Alder Lake-S architecture of Intel’s upcoming desktop and laptop CPUs is the most important leap for them since the Core 2 and we would dare to say that at the level of what the Pentium Pro was, although the changes are not total and the improvements will be progressively implemented in successive generations.

Intel Core 12 Denuvo

One of the most important changes is the creation of a new control unit, which not only applies technologies such as the Thread Director for a more efficient use of the heterogeneous configuration of its cores, but also the fact of using the widest decoder of a CPU with ISA x86 to date, which allows it to have significant improvements in IPC.

Obviously all these changes are nothing more than words on paper if they do not translate into performance and that is why they have been tested through benchmarks such as CPU-Z to the i5-12600K and it has been compared with the AMD 5600X , its rival in the price range.

This is the Intel Core i5-12600K


Now that the final versions of the 12th generation CPUs of the blue brand of PC processors are already in the hands of the first users, they have not taken a long time to measure the power of their new processors to see if what was promised by Intel It’s true, but first of all let’s review the specifications of the i5-12600K

  • CPU 10 heterogeneous cores, 6 of which are high-performance, P-Cores, and with HyperThreading support and therefore capable of running 12 threads. The others are highly energy efficient, E-Cores, and without support for multithreading.
  • The base clock speed of the P-Cores is 3.7 GHz, that of the E-Cores of 2.8 GHz.
  • Regarding the amount of GHz they can reach using Turbo Boost Max 3.0, they are 4.9 GHz for high-performance cores and 3.6 GHz for the efficient.

At the moment we do not know at what price this processor will be launched, but if the latest information confirms the trend we should see it at a cost to the public very close to that of its predecessor, the i5-11600K. In any case, with Intel’s presentation for the 27th of this month and with only two days remaining, there is little left for us to get out of doubt.

This is how the i5-12600K performs under CPU-Z

Intel Core 12 i5-12600X Z CPU

And what results have you obtained in CPU-Z? Well, you can see it in the image above these lines and as you can see, in the test that uses a single core, said benchmark places it 19.5% above the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X when obtaining 746.2 points, while in the multicore test it obtains a score of 7058.1 which makes the result be 46.7% higher than AMD’s counterpart

Note that the AMD 5600X does not use efficient cores, but the single core test runs under a single core P-Cores to perform the performance test. So the preliminary conclusion is that each of the P-Cores, formerly called Golden Cove, are somewhat better than the Zen 3 cores. In any case, it is too early for a final conclusion.

The multicore test instead makes use of all the cores and adds their total power, hence the delta with the AMD CPU goes from being around 20% to almost 50% (16 threads vs 12). In any case, the efficiency of heterogeneous architectures is based on an intelligent distribution of tasks, not on using all the combined power in just one.

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