Intel Core i7 12700F vs i5 12600KF

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 2.1 GHz Intel Core i7 12700F with 12-cores against the 3.7 GHz i5 12600KF 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
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 12600KF and 12700F
Advantages of Intel Core i7 12700F
  • Has 5 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Has 2 more physical cores
Advantages of Intel Core i5 12600KF
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.9 GHz vs 4.8 GHz)


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 12700F and i5 12600KF


Vendor Intel Intel
Released January 1, 2022 October 27, 2021
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake Alder Lake
Model number i7-12700F i5-12600KF
Integrated GPU No No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 6
P-Threads 16 12
Base Frequency (P) 2.1 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.8 GHz 4.9 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 4
E-Threads 4 4
Base Frequency (E) 1.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Total Cores 12 10
Total Threads 20 16
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 21x 37x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 9728K (shared)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 20MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
TDP 65 W 125 W
Max. Boost TDP 180 W 150 W
Peak temperature 100°C 100°C

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 No No


Official site Intel Core i7 12700F official page Intel Core i5 12600KF official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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