Although it launched with a US$289 price tag, the Intel Core i5-12600K processor is now listed by Intel with a recommended customer price of US$318 – US$328. On Amazon, the list price is even higher, but the US$342.50 tag is currently replaced by a reduced price of US$247.99, thanks to a 28% discount.
Released in the final quarter of 2021, the Intel Core i5-12600K is a desktop processor from the Alder Lake family with a solid reputation that delivers an excellent value. Available on Amazon with a rather high list price of US$342.50 (compared to Intel’s recommended pricing of US$318 – US$328), this unlocked piece of silicon is now discounted by 28%, so those interested can acquire it for US$247.99.
The Intel Core i5-12600K sports 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores with a total of 16 threads. These cores share 20 MB of cache memory and can hit 4.9 GHz (performance) and 3.6 GHz (efficiency), up from base frequencies of 3.7 GHz and 2.8 GHz. The base TDP of this processor is 125 W, and goes up to 150 W in Turbo mode, with even higher values when using manual overclocking settings that push it even further. This chip integrates the UHD 770 integrated graphics solution and ships without a cooler.
After 870 ratings, the Intel Core i5-12600K has an excellent score of 4.8/5 stars on Amazon, with no less than 90% perfect ratings and 6% 4/5 user reviews. The breakdown by feature focuses on gaming performance and ease of unlocking (4.7), value for money (4.6), and stability (4.5).
A bundle that brings the Intel Core i5-12600K together with the MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 motherboard is also available with a 17% discount (US$$477.98, down from US$582.49).
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Codrut Nistor, 2023-01-11 (Update: 2023-01-11)