Intel’s grand launch of its 12th generation Alder Lake desktop CPU is set to kick off this week, but as you’ve seen, there just isn’t any shortage of leaks and rumours for the lineup. Case in point, the most recent leak on the subject seems to point to the alleged performance of the lineup’s mid-range offering, the Core i5-12600K.
The leak was initially posted online by prominent leakster APISAK (@TUM_APISAK), whose image was simply a CPU-Z screenshot of the alleged 12600K, with one or two details having been blurred out. APISAK also makes it clear that the screenshot itself is questionable, with a message written in Thai that he is unsure if the image is real or fake.
If the CPU-Z benchmarks scores seen here is legitimate, then the single-threaded performance of at least 790 points puts the 12600K well ahead of AMD’s own mid-range Ryzen 5 5600X CPU, which holds an average score of 624 points. Likewise, the story’s the same in the multi-threaded test, with Intel’s 12th generation mid-range offering seemingly sustaining more than 7000 point, which again, is considerably higher than the 5600X.
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) October 23, 2021
Specs-wise and like the upcoming Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K, the 12600K will be built on the Intel 7 process, which is essentially a 10nm Enhance SuperFin process. Additionally, while the 12900K is expected to ship out with a 16-cores, 24-threads layout, the 12600K will supposedly ship out with a 10-cores, 16-threads layout, comprising six Golden Cove cores with Hyper-Threading, and four Gracemont cores without it.
As for clockspeeds, the 12600K is expected to operate with a base clock of 3.4GHz, 4.9GHz with TVB for one or two of its Golden Cove cores, or 4.5GHz on all cores across the board.
Having said all that, we think it is only fair to say that comparing Intel’s upcoming 12th generation Alder Lake-S desktop CPU lineup to AMD’s current Zen 3-powered Ryzen desktop CPU is a little unfair. Especially since Team Red is expected to launch a Zen 3 refresh with a new 3D V-Cache chiplet design, sometime within the first half of 2022.