Intel Core i7 12700KF vs i5 9600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7 12700KF with 12-cores against the 3.7 GHz i5 9600K with 6-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 9600K and 12700KF
Advantages of Intel Core i7 12700KF
  • Newer - released 3-years and 1-month later
  • Has 16 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Has 6 more physical cores
  • Around 35.2 GB/s (85%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • 69% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 2038 vs 1203 points
  • More modern manufacturing process – 10 versus 14 nanometers
  • 9% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5 GHz vs 4.6 GHz)
Advantages of Intel Core i5 9600K
  • Consumes up to 24% less energy than the Core i7 12700KF – 95 vs 125 Watt
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630


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 12700KF and i5 9600K


Vendor Intel Intel
Released October 27, 2021 October 8, 2018
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake-S Coffee Lake
Model number i7-12700KF i5-9600K
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1151
Integrated GPU No UHD Graphics 630


Cores 12 6
Threads 20 6
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5 GHz 4.6 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 36x 37x
Bus Bandwidth - 8 GT/s
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 256K (per core)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 9MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 14 nm
TDP 125 W 95 W
Max. temperature 100°C 100°C


Integrated Graphics - Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU Base Clock - 350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock - 1150 MHz
Shading Units - 192
TMUs - 24
ROPs - 3
Execution Units - 24
TGP - 15 W
Max. Resolution - 4096x2304 - 60 Hz

Memory support

Memory types DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 DDR4-2666
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
ECC Support Yes No


Official site Intel Core i7 12700KF official page Intel Core i5 9600K official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 16
Extended instructions - SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2

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