Intel Core i5 13500 vs i5 12600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 13500 with 14-cores against the 3.7 GHz i5 12600K with 10-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
Integrated Graphics
iGPU capabilities for gaming and 3D-intensive tasks
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 12600K and 13500
Advantages of Intel Core i5 13500
  • Newer - released 1-year and 2-months later
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • Has 4096 KB larger L3 cache size
Advantages of Intel Core i5 12600K
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.9 GHz vs 4.8 GHz)

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 883.8 MB/sec 961.3 MB/sec
Clang compilation 115.5 Klines/sec 94.2 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 277.6 pages/sec 285.3 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 391.2 Mpixels/sec 370.4 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 260.7 pages/sec 252.6 pages/sec
Background blur 63.2 images/sec 57.7 images/sec
Photo processing 95.8 images/sec 102 images/sec
Ray tracing 26.5 Mpixels/sec 19.1 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 109.6 GOps/sec 87.8 GOps/sec
Floating point math 81.7 GOps/sec 67.6 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 105M Primes/sec 94M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 45.5M Strings/sec 36.1M Strings/sec
Data encryption 23.3 GBytes/sec 18.6 GBytes/sec
Data compression 408.2 MBytes/sec 345.6 MBytes/sec
Physics 1668 Frames/sec 1524 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 25.2B Matrices/sec 22B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 13500 and i5 12600K


Vendor Intel Intel
Released January 3, 2023 October 27, 2021
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Raptor Lake Alder Lake
Model number i5-13500 i5-12600K
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 UHD Graphics 770


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 6
P-Threads 12 12
Base Frequency (P) 2.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.8 GHz 4.9 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 8 4
E-Threads 8 4
Base Frequency (E) 1.8 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Total Cores 14 10
Total Threads 20 16
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 25x 37x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 9728K (shared)
L3 Cache 24MB (shared) 20MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
TDP (PL1) 65 W 125 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 154 W 150 W
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
Peak temperature 100°C 100°C


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 770 Intel UHD Graphics 770
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1550 MHz 1450 MHz
Shading Units 256 256
TMUs 16 16
ROPs 8 8
Execution Units 32 32
TGP 15 W 15 W

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-4800
- DDR4-3200
- DDR5-4800
- DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 76.8 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes


Official site Intel Core i5 13500 official page Intel Core i5 12600K official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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