Intel Core i5 12600KF vs AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.7 GHz Intel Core i5 12600KF with 10-cores against the 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800X with 8-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
The "iGPU" and "Power Efficiency" have a minor impact on the NanoReview Score when comparing desktop CPUs.

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 5800X and 12600KF
Advantages of Intel Core i5 12600KF
  • Newer - released 1-year and 1-month later
  • Around 29.12 GB/s (61%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • More than 10° C higher critical temperature
  • 4% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.9 GHz vs 4.7 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Has 12288 KB larger L3 cache size
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 10 nanometers

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 766.4 MB/sec 1140 MB/sec
Clang compilation 98.2 Klines/sec 87.5 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 249.1 pages/sec 245.2 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 372 Mpixels/sec 345.8 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 256.9 pages/sec 219.3 pages/sec
Background blur 59.8 images/sec 45.3 images/sec
Photo processing 95.1 images/sec 89.5 images/sec
Ray tracing 22.6 Mpixels/sec 19.3 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 87.2 GOps/sec 97.1 GOps/sec
Floating point math 67 GOps/sec 52.7 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 91M Primes/sec 131M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 36M Strings/sec 36M Strings/sec
Data encryption 18.4 GBytes/sec 21.3 GBytes/sec
Data compression 343.1 MBytes/sec 346.5 MBytes/sec
Physics 1453 Frames/sec 1391 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 21.9B Matrices/sec 23.4B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 12600KF and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X


Vendor Intel AMD
Released October 27, 2021 October 8, 2020
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake Zen 3 (Vermeer)
Model number i5-12600KF -
Integrated GPU No No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 8
P-Threads 12 16
Base Frequency (P) 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.9 GHz 4.7 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 -
E-Threads 4 -
Base Frequency (E) 2.8 GHz -
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.6 GHz -
Total Cores 10 8
Total Threads 16 16
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 37x 38x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 9728K (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 20MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Transistors - 4.15 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 7 nm
TDP (PL1) 125 W 105 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 150 W -
Socket LGA-1700 AM4
Peak temperature 100°C 90°C

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-4800
- DDR4-3200
- DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes


Official site Intel Core i5 12600KF official page AMD Ryzen 7 5800X official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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