Intel Core i9 12900KF vs i5 13600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Intel Core i9 12900KF with 16-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
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
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 13600K and 12900KF
Advantages of Intel Core i9 12900KF
  • Has 6144 KB larger L3 cache size
  • Has 2 more physical cores
Advantages of Intel Core i5 13600K
  • Newer - released 11-months later
  • Around 12.8 GB/s (17%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770

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 1220 MB/sec 1420 MB/sec
Clang compilation 139.1 Klines/sec 129.1 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 392.2 pages/sec 391.4 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 446.7 Mpixels/sec 479.4 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 272 pages/sec 268.9 pages/sec
Background blur 49.1 images/sec 69.2 images/sec
Photo processing 133 images/sec 148.9 images/sec
Ray tracing 33.3 Mpixels/sec 29.4 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 138.9 GOps/sec 124.2 GOps/sec
Floating point math 106.1 GOps/sec 91.9 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 146M Primes/sec 162M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 57.7M Strings/sec 52.7M Strings/sec
Data encryption 29.7 GBytes/sec 27.6 GBytes/sec
Data compression 539.6 MBytes/sec 485.5 MBytes/sec
Physics 2129 Frames/sec 2206 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 33.8B Matrices/sec 29.3B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 12900KF 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 i9-12900KF i5-13600K
Integrated GPU No UHD Graphics 770


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 6
P-Threads 16 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 5.1 GHz 5.1 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 8 8
E-Threads 8 8
Base Frequency (E) 2.4 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.9 GHz 3.9 GHz
Total Cores 16 14
Total Threads 24 20
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 32x 35x
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 14MB (shared) 2MB (per core)
L3 Cache 30MB (shared) 24MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
TDP (PL1) 125 W 125 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 241 W 181 W
Socket LGA-1700 LGA-1700
Peak temperature 100°C 100°C


Integrated Graphics - Intel UHD Graphics 770
GPU Base Clock - 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock - 1500 MHz
Shading Units - 256
TMUs - 16
ROPs - 8
Execution Units - 32
TGP - 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 i9 12900KF official page Intel Core i5 13600K official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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