Intel Core i5-12600K vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i5-12600K CPU1 vs CPU2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Intel Core i5-12600K Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx

CPU comparison

Intel Core i5-12600K or Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx - 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 i5-12600K has 10 cores with 16 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.90 GHz. Up to 128 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-12600K was released in Q4/2021.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.84 GHz. The CPU supports up to 16 GB of memory in 8 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx was released in Q4/2018.
Intel Core i5 (331) Family Qualcomm Snapdragon (102)
Intel Core i 12000 (34) CPU group Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (2)
12 Generation 2
Alder Lake S Architecture Kryo 495
Desktop / Server Segment Mobile
Intel Core i5-11600K Predecessor --
Intel Core i5-13600K Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-12600K is a 10 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.70 GHz (4.90 GHz). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx has 8 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 2.84 GHz.

Intel Core i5-12600K Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
10 Cores 8
16 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading No
Yes Overclocking ? No
3.70 GHz (4.90 GHz)
6x Golden Cove
A-Core 2.84 GHz
4x Kryo 495 Gold
2.80 GHz (3.60 GHz)
4x Gracemont
B-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 495 Silver

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Intel Core i5-12600K Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
-- AI hardware Qualcomm AI engine
-- AI specifications Hexagon 685 @ 3 TOPS

Internal Graphics

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

Intel UHD Graphics 770 GPU Qualcomm Adreno 680
0.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.25 GHz
1.45 GHz GPU (Turbo) 0.59 GHz
11 GPU Generation 5
10 nm Technology 7 nm
3 Max. displays 2
32 Compute units 8
256 Shader 768
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
64 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
12 DirectX Version 12.0

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 Qualcomm Adreno 680
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
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i5-12600K supports a maximum of 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx can connect up to 16 GB of memory in 8 memory channels.

Intel Core i5-12600K Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
128 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 8 (Octa Channel)
76.8 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 68.2 GB/s
Yes ECC No
9.50 MB L2 Cache --
20.00 MB L3 Cache 2.00 MB
5.0 PCIe version --
20 PCIe lanes --
78.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Intel Core i5-12600K has a TDP of 125 W, that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is 7 W.

Intel Core i5-12600K Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
125 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 7 W
150 W TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
100 °C Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-12600K has a 29.50 MB cache, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx cache has a total of 2.00 MB.

Intel Core i5-12600K Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
10 nm Technology 7 nm
Monolithic Chip design Chiplet
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+ ISA extensions --
LGA 1700 Socket --
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization None
Yes AES-NI No
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Android, Windows 10 (ARM)
Q4/2021 Release date Q4/2018
289 $ Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-12600K (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (39%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-12600K (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (24%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
1854 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
724 (39%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
11912 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
2808 (24%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.45 GHz
742 (40%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Qualcomm Adreno 680 @ 0.59 GHz
1843 (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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
105 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
909 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
1918 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
17660 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
2472 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
11991 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
741 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
6702 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
249 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
27830 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
766 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 3.70 GHz
5540 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
274 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
2596 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
Intel Core i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
17,660 CB R23 MC @ 115 W
154 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
2.84 GHz
0 (0%)

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Intel Core i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
3 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-12600K Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Unknown Lenovo Flex 5G
Lenovo Yoga C 5G
Samsung Galaxy Book S

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