Intel Core i7 12700K vs i5 13600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7 12700K with 12-cores against the 3.5 GHz i5 13600K with 14-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 13600K and 12700K
Advantages of Intel Core i5 13600K
  • Newer - released 11-months later
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Around 12.8 GB/s (17%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 4% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5.1 GHz vs 4.9 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 12700K and i5 13600K


Vendor Intel Intel
Released October 27, 2021 September 27, 2022
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake Raptor Lake
Model number i7-12700K i5-13600K
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 UHD Graphics 770


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 6
P-Threads 16 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.9 GHz 5.1 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 8
E-Threads 4 8
Base Frequency (E) 2.7 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz
Total Cores 12 14
Total Threads 20 20
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 36x 35x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 2MB (per core)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 24MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
TDP 125 W 125 W
Max. Boost TDP 190 W 181 W
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 1500 MHz 1500 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 DDR5-5600, DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 89.6 GB/s
ECC Support Yes Yes


Official site Intel Core i7 12700K official page Intel Core i5 13600K official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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So which CPU will you choose: Intel Core i5 13600K or i7 12700K?
Robin 05 December 2022 20:05
Is it worth upgrading to 13600K? I can upgrade my 8 month old 12700K to a brand new 13600K for only 25$
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McD 13 December 2022 18:44
Honestly, they perform 95% similarly, but with a slight advantage on i5 for their thermal (lower TDP). But, if you only game and don't do much CPU-intensive work, I say save your $25 and get some McD. I have 12700k as well with DDR4 and I don't plan on upgrading unless it's the 13th i7 or i9 with DDR5 for the next couple of years.
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BurgerKing 08 February 2023 03:52
McD, The i5 compared to the i7 in gaming has about a 4-6% difference in performance. they support the same ddr5 ram speeds, depending on your motherboard. the intel website says "up to 5600mhz" for both of them but with a motherboard that supports 6000mhz, you can rock 6000mhz ddr5 ram on both the i5 and the i7. easily worth $25.
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McPudd 20 November 2022 16:32
So there’s pretty much no reason to upgrade this generation?
+34 Reply
Woody 19 February 2023 18:54
You have to keep in mind, this is comparing the last gen's i7 to this gen's i5. That's a pretty good upgrade for an i5.
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I7 12700k 21 October 2022 08:14
Still good cpu if you bought it before 13gen don't be sad for the new gen because the i7 12th is more powerful and does all things we need.
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