Intel Core i5-12600 vs Intel Core i7-12700

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Intel Core i5-12600 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-12700
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i7-12700

CPU comparison

Intel Core i5-12600 or Intel Core i7-12700 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i5-12600 has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.80 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-12600 was released in Q1/2022.

The Intel Core i7-12700 has 12 cores with 20 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.90 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-12700 was released in Q1/2022.
Intel Core i5 (331) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
Intel Core i 12000 (34) CPU group Intel Core i 12000 (34)
12 Generation 12
Alder Lake S Architecture Alder Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
Intel Core i5-11600 Predecessor Intel Core i7-11700
Intel Core i5-13600 Successor Intel Core i7-13700

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-12600 has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-12600 is 3.30 GHz (4.80 GHz) while the Intel Core i7-12700 has 12 CPU cores and 20 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i7-12700 is at 2.10 GHz (4.90 GHz).

Intel Core i5-12600 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
6 Cores 12
12 Threads 20
normal Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
3.30 GHz (4.80 GHz)
6x Golden Cove
A-Core 2.10 GHz (4.90 GHz)
8x Golden Cove
-- B-Core 1.60 GHz (3.60 GHz)
4x Gracemont

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i5-12600 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Intel Core i5-12600 or Intel Core i7-12700 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Intel UHD Graphics 770 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
0.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
1.45 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.50 GHz
11 GPU Generation 11
10 nm Technology 10 nm
3 Max. displays 3
32 Compute units 32
256 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
64 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
12 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel UHD Graphics 770 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec AV1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i5-12600 can use up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 76.8 GB/s. The Intel Core i7-12700 supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 76.8 GB/s.

Intel Core i5-12600 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 Memory DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
76.8 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s
Yes ECC Yes
7.50 MB L2 Cache 12.00 MB
18.00 MB L3 Cache 25.00 MB
5.0 PCIe version 5.0
20 PCIe lanes 20
78.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 78.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Intel Core i5-12600 is 65 W, while the Intel Core i7-12700 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Intel Core i5-12600 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
117 W TDP (PL2) 180 W
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
100 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-12600 is manufactured in 10 nm and has 25.50 MB cache. The Intel Core i7-12700 is manufactured in 10 nm and has a 37.00 MB cache.

Intel Core i5-12600 Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700
10 nm Technology 10 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+ ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+
LGA 1700 Socket LGA 1700
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2022 Release date Q1/2022
223 $ Release price 339 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-12600 (98%)
Intel Core i7-12700 (94%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-12600 (77%)
Intel Core i7-12700 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
1958 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1712 (87%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
9075 (78%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
11650 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
2386 (96%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
2497 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
10379 (83%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
12448 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.45 GHz
742 (97%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.50 GHz
768 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
21430 (69%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
31146 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
107 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1004 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1862 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
21568 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
284 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 3.30 GHz
4990 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 2.10 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
259 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i5-12600
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
3140 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-12600 Intel Core i7-12700
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