Intel Core i5 13600K vs i5 12600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 13600K 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.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 12600K and 13600K
Advantages of Intel Core i5 13600K
  • Newer - released 1-year later
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Around 12.8 GB/s (17%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 4% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5.1 GHz vs 4.9 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
23262
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
38342
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
16217
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 13600K and i5 12600K

General

Vendor Intel Intel
Released September 27, 2022 October 27, 2021
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Raptor Lake Alder Lake
Model number i5-13600K i5-12600K
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 UHD Graphics 770

CPU

Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 6
P-Threads 12 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 5.1 GHz 4.9 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 8 4
E-Threads 8 4
Base Frequency (E) 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Total
Total Cores 14 10
Total Threads 20 16
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 35x 37x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 2MB (per core) 9728K (shared)
L3 Cache 24MB (shared) 20MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes

Package

Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
TDP 125 W 125 W
Max. Boost TDP 181 W 150 W
Peak temperature 100°C 100°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 770 Intel UHD Graphics 770
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1500 MHz 1450 MHz
Shading Units 256 256
TMUs 16 16
ROPs 8 8
Execution Units 32 32
TGP 15 W 15 W
iGPU FLOPS
0.78 TFLOPS
0.78 TFLOPS

Memory Support

Memory types DDR5-5600, DDR4-3200 DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 89.6 GB/s 76.8 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes

Misc

Official site Intel Core i5 13600K official page Intel Core i5 12600K official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: Intel Core i5 12600K or i5 13600K?
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nothing here 12 January 2023 16:03
I can find a 12600k for $100 - $120 less than a 13600k, would it be worth it to just spend the extra $ on the 13th gen or should I just go with the 12?
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Mikhail Krzywiniokow 22 December 2022 04:11
I just think that there isn't much difference between the two other than optimization of the same technology, they both have the same TDP and 10nm, the same integrated graphics, and similar single-core performance. If you already have 12 gen there is no reason to upgrade to 13.
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