CPU Benchmark Performance: Power, Office, and Science

Our previous set of ‘office’ benchmarks have often been a mix of science and synthetics, so this time we wanted to keep our office section purely on real-world performance.

For the remainder of the testing in this review of the Core i7-12700K and i5-12600K, we are using DDR5 memory at the following settings:

  • DDR5-4800(B) CL40


(0-0) Peak Power

Comparing power draw to other competing CPUs, both the Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K are noticeably more power-efficient than previous generations including both Intel's 11th Gen and 10th Gen Core. Though at full-load with no overclocking, AMD's Ryzen 5000 and 3000 series processors remain much more power-efficient.


(1-1) Agisoft Photoscan 1.3, Complex Test

In our office benchmarks, Intel's 12th Gen Core reigns supreme in Agisoft Photoscan due to its higher core frequency and IPC performance.


(2-1) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (non-AVX)

(2-2) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (Peak AVX)

(2-3) yCruncher 0.78.9506 ST (250m Pi)

(2-4) yCruncher 0.78.9506 MT (2.5b Pi)

(2-4b) yCruncher 0.78.9506 MT (250m Pi)

(2-5) NAMD ApoA1 Simulation

(2-6) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Total

(2-6a) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Inference

(2-6b) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Training

In the majority of our science-based benchmarks, both the Core i7 and Core i5 did well. The only benchmarks that didn't favor the 12th Gen Core series processors were in 3DPM 2.1, but more specifically in the AVX test. 

Intel Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K Review: Mid-Range Desktop CPU Benchmark Performance: Simulation And Rendering
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  • Qasar - Friday, April 1, 2022 - link

    i still have issues with the intel systems i used to use. lan drivers on x58, and sata on x99. i solved those issues, buy upgrading tthem to ryzen based comps last year. no issues since.. even usb ones.
  • Khanan - Sunday, April 3, 2022 - link

    AMD was already very mature since Zen+, so if you had problems with 3rd gen products it is most likely your own issue. I used Zen 2 without any issues for 2 years now and Zen 3 is even better, millions of others will confirm what I say.
  • Khanan - Sunday, April 3, 2022 - link

    I wanna add: calling a product “beta” that millions of people love and regard just shows you’re living in a world of your own with full ignorance of what anyone else thinks. Good luck
  • Qasar - Sunday, April 3, 2022 - link

    ignore dwade, if irememeber right, he loves intel only. and his posts usually bash amd in some way.
    i have 4 zen comps here, no isses as well.
  • Khanan - Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - link

    It’s puzzling to me why a Intel fan would buy a AMD product, I guess Intel didn’t live up to his expectations.
  • Qasar - Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - link

    my guess, he never really bought one, and is just making crap up, just to bash amd, and proclaim how much better intel is.
  • Zim - Thursday, March 31, 2022 - link

    There is something fundamentally wrong with the concept a processor with gimped cores. I for one don't intend to buy into it.
  • mode_13h - Friday, April 1, 2022 - link

    What do you mean "gimped cores"? Are you talking about the lack of AVX-512?

    Did you know that Intel has been disabling features on their desktop CPUs for at least a decade? Things like vPro, ECC support, and virtualization enhancements have been fused off and limited to people buying the Xeon-branded versions of the same CPUs.

    AMD has also engaged in this, to a lesser extent, reserving ECC support for only their Ryzen Pro APU, as well as a few other features.
  • kickstnd - Saturday, April 2, 2022 - link

    This almost seems to be an Intel Commercial. No mention of the extreme motherboard prices that won't be used for the next CPU, the larger Watercooling needed, the bigger power supply needed, and don't forget the Bigger Electric Bill to boot. You are paying out the A&$ for that little extra performance by not being GREEN.
    I run 3 AMD PCs for Folding@home (#5 on Toms Hardware Team). My utility bill is $450-500/month. I can't imagine how high it would be with Intel CPU spinning the meter.... LOL
  • DannyH246 - Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - link

    Sadly most of Anandtech's articles are just that. Intel Commercials.

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