Intel Core i7-12700 12 Core Alder Lake CPU Is Almost As Fast As AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core Around $350 US

By Hassan Mujtaba  / 

The benchmarks of Intel's Core i7-12700 12 Core Desktop CPU have leaked out and it turns out it is almost as fast as AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.

Intel Core i7-12700 12 Core Non-K Alder Lake CPU Almost As Fast As Ryzen 9 5900X, Should Cost Around $350 US

With Intel done with its first round of unlocked chips, the blue team will now get their Non-K and mainstream 600-series motherboards out in the market. Most mainstream & budget PC builders are waiting for the Non-K parts as they cost less and offer nearly similar performance. We detailed the specifications of several Non-K chips a few days ago but the focus today is the Core i7-12700.

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The Intel Core i7-12700(F) features 12 cores, 20 threads, and 25 MB of L3 cache. The clock speeds are dialed back to a 2.10 GHz base for the P-Cores, a 1.60 GHz base for the E-Cores, and a max boost clock of 4.90 GHz on a 65W TDP. The Geekbench 5 database reported a maximum boost of 4.8 GHz which isn't that far away from the full 4.9 GHz boost. The test system included an ASRock Z690 Taichi motherboard and 32 GB of DDR5 memory. The CPU will feature a base TDP of 65W & maximum turbo power of around 150W.

As for performance, the Intel Core i7-12700 scored 1768 points in single-core and 13,843 points in multi-core tests. Compared to its predecessor, the Core i7-11700, this is a 57% improvement in the multi-core and 9% improvement in single-core tests. The chip is also 40% faster than the i7-11700K, an unlocked part. It blazes past the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X too with a multi-core improvement of 33% and a single-core improvement of 6%. The most impressive part is that the chip is neck-to-neck in performance versus the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X which is a top-tier part that retails for over $550 US.

Considering that the Intel Core i7-11700 Non-K chip was priced around $70 US lower than the Core i7-11700K, we can expect the Core i7-12700 to be priced at around $350 US or even lower which is definitely going to give the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X a run for its money. The Non-K lineup in general is looking really strong for the mainstream segment and both Core i7 / Core i5 SKUs will do really well against AMD's Ryzen 7 / Ryzen 5 offerings in the sub-$350 US segment.

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPU Specs "Preliminary"

CPU NameP-Core CountE-Core CountTotal Core / ThreadP-Core Base / Boost (Max)P-Core Boost (All-Core)E-Core Base / BoostE-Core Boost (All-Core)L3 CacheTDP (PL1)TDP (PL2)Expected (MSRP) Price
Core i9-12900KS8816 / 243.2 / 5.5 GHz5.2 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB125WTBCTBC
Core i9-12900K8816 / 243.2 / 5.2 GHz5.0 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB125W241W$599 US
Core i9-129008816 / 242.4 / 5.1 GHzTBA1.8 / 3.8 GHzTBA30 MB65W202W$489 US
$464 US (F)
Core i9-12900T8816 / 241.4 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.6 GHzTBA30 MB35W106W$489 US
Core i7-12700K8412 / 203.6 / 5.0 GHz4.7 GHz2.7 / 3.8 GHz3.6 GHz25 MB125W190W$419 US
Core i7-127008412 / 202.1 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.6 / 3.6 GHzTBA25 MB65W180W$339 US
$314 US (F)
Core i7-12700T8412 / 201.4 / 4.7 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.4 GHzTBA25 MB35W99W$339 US
Core i5-12600K6410 / 163.7 / 4.9 GHz4.5 GHz2.8 / 3.6 GHz3.4 GHz20 MB125W150W$299 US
Core i5-12600606 / 123.3 / 4.8 GHz4.4 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$223 US
Core i5-12600T606 / 122.1 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W74W$223 US
Core i5-12490P606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A20 MB65W74W~$250 US
Core i5-12500606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$202 US
Core i5-12500T606 / 122.0 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$202 US
Core i5-12400606 / 122.5 / 4.4 GHz4.0 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$192 US
$167 US (F)
Core i5-12400T606 / 121.8 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$192 US
Core i3-12300404 / 83.5 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W89W$143 US
Core i3-12300T404 / 82.3 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$143 US
Core i3-12100404 / 83.3 / 4.3 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W
58W (F)
89W$122 US
$97 US (F)
Core i3-12100T404 / 82.2 / 4.1 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$122 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400202 / 43.7 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB46WN/A$64 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400T202 / 43.1 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB35WN/A$64 US
Intel Celeron G6900202 / 23.4 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB46WN/A$42 US
Intel Celeron G6900T202 / 22.8 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB35WN/A$42 US


Products mentioned in this post

Core i9-11900K
USD 544.89
Ryzen 9 5900x
USD 838.98

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