Intel Core i7-12700K Review – Intel 12th Gen Processor

Intel is back in the game with their latest Intel Core i7-12700K Processor and it’s much faster than the current AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor!

The company has released their 12th Gen Intel core i7-12700k Processor in Q4,21 at $409. This 12th Gen Alder Lake processor can give strong competition to Ryzen AM4 processors. Alder Lake processors are high-end overclockable especially in the K series suits best in Windows 11. With the latest Gen PCIe5.0 and DDR5 memory support, this will give you a performance boost in all your games throughout 2022.

These Intel i7 processors feature performance “P” cores and efficient “E” cores, and the combined performance of these two cores is a gamechanger. Hyperthreaded Performance core, Golden cove micro-architecture gives you low latency in single-threaded workloads.

Tested results detected that it has an average of 19% more IPC than Cypress cove architecture in Intel’s Rocket Lake processors. E core which is single-threaded efficient, Gracemont micro-architecture helps you to improve your multitasking performance with maximum efficiency.

Tested result detected that it delivers 80% more performance in threaded work.  Intel’s main target to their customer is to boost their working productivity, smooth and highest gaming performance and also the creation of extraordinary content. This processor can handle your background tasks as it contains Low voltage power-efficient cores, but no worries about multitasking and speed for your ultra high-end games or your content creation application.

Intel 12th Gen Review – Intel Core i7-12700k Specs

Keeping the facts on high-end gaming, performance-boosting, fast response time and latest technology with the DDR5 memory platform, this high-performance Intel Core i7-12700K processor is configured with a total of 12 cores where 8 cores are for Performance and 4 cores are for Efficiency. This processor intel i7 has a total of 20 threads with a base clock of 3.6GHz.

But who is willing to get more, they can overclock and can get maximum frequency 5.0GHz with “Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency”. Its P core (performance core) Max turbo Frequency is 4.90GHz and E core (efficient core) Max turbo Frequency is 3.80GHz. Although, its P core base Frequency is 3.60GHz and its E core base frequency is 2.70GHz. Its 25MB of L3 cache and 12MB of L2 cache with the socket of LGA 1700 makes the processor intel i7 stand strong for your ultra-high graphics games.

This Intel 12th Gen i7 processor requires 125W of power and a Maximum of 190w for those who are seeking to do some amount of overclocking. It also comes with Intel’s UHD 770 Graphics with 300MHz Base Graphics Frequency and 1.50Ghz with Maximum Graphics Dynamic Frequency. With this kind of specs, you can get a maximum resolution of 4096X2160 at 60Hz using your HDMI Cable and 7680×4320 at 60Hz using your Display Port cable.

With a Max memory channel of 2 and a maximum size capable of 128GB Memory (depending on which memory type you are choosing), it has a maximum memory bandwidth of 76.8GB/s up to 4800Mhz with DDR5 memory and up to 320Mhz with DDR4 memory.

The latest Gen of PCIe is 5.0 along with 4.0 also with 20 maximum PCIe lanes. Keep in mind that either of the DDR4 or DDR5, you can use only one type of Ram for this processor because Alder Lake does not support this simultaneously.

Intel Core i7-12700k Specs
Intel Core i7-12700k Specs

Intel Core i7-12700k Review – Performance

With the latest high-end Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, here are the test performance results. Previously with these Intel 12th Gen i7 Processors, denuvo DRM was causing problems with Alder Lake but now they have released their patches. These games have been played in Windows 11 with 1080p, in ultra-high settings.

FAR CRY 6- The game hits an average of 155fps and in overclocking mood it gives an average of 171fps with smooth performance.

Formula 1(F1) 2021- The game hits at an average of 269fps and in the overclocked mode, it gives an average of 301fps with smooth performance.

Hitman 3 Dartmoor Mission- The game hits an average of 168fps and in overclocked mode, it gives an average of 190fps with smooth performance.

Horizon Zero Dawn- The game hits an average of 187fps and in the overclocked mode, it gives an average of 194fps with smooth performance.

Microsoft Flight Simulator- The game hits at an average of 147fps and in overclocked mode, it gives an average of 166fps with smooth performance.

Red Dead Redemption 2-  The game hits an average of 172fps and in the overclocking mode, it gives an average of 180fps with smooth performance.

Watch Dogs Legion- With a base clock, the game hits at an average of 139fps and in overclocking mode, it gives an average of 152fps with smooth performance.

PC heavy Application benchmarks– Comparing the processors such as the AMD Ryzen 9 5900x and AMD Ryzen 7 5800x, with the Intel Core i7-12700k, the latter performs 97% better approximately with Single-Threaded and 85% better approximately with Multi-Threaded. Both tested with both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.

The impressive thing is that the Intel Core i7-12700k processor performs 14% faster than in lighter threaded workloads and performs 35% faster in heavily threaded workload from the previous Intel Core i9-11900k processors, where the release date of Alder Lake and Rocket Lake chips was only of a 6-month difference.

For example, when the PC is taking the workload of Adobe Premiere Pro software with the DDR4 ram, Core-i7 12700k is performing 11.7% better than Ryzen 9 5900X and with DDR5 it gives a decent 22% faster along with a smooth efficient performance.

The overall average score of the Adobe package is that the Intel Core i7-12700k is leading an average of 8% higher than AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. But in Microsoft 360 Office packages, both processors are giving almost the same level of performance, although Ryzen 9 is taking a much shorter loading time in the case of certain tests.

Rendering Benchmark- As per the Cinebench results, this Intel Core i7-12700k is slightly 2.6% faster than AMD Ryzen 9 5900x but 20% faster in POV-Ray tracing. Most important is that this Intel Core i7 12700k processor overtakes AMD Ryzen 9 5900x in single-threaded rendering but in some specific applications, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900x takes an 11% lead over the Intel Core i7-12700k.

Intel Core i7-12700k Review - Performance
Intel Core i7-12700k Review – Performance

Intel Core i7-12700K Processor – Verdict

Keeping an eye on all things with comparing other processors in this PC Gaming Market, the i7 Intel Core 12700K Processor is an excellent chip for both single-core performance and multi-thread tasking. The UHD 770 integrated graphics solution lets you play some old games without the help of any kind of graphics card. Unlocking and overclocking the power of this processor can give a boost to all your favourite games as well as pretty much help to first-person shooter gamers.

But looking at the price, is it getting worthy with $409 with no bundle cooler like other “K” series processors? But it is also noticeable that the Intel Core i9-12900k does not deliver extra performance where the core i7-12700k processor can over the price we pay for. Checking the power consumption, this Intel Core i7 processor is consuming more power than the AMD high-end chips.

In the end, the news is that AMD has announced their DDR5 supported processors which are coming in most probably half of 2022. Can AMD outcome this processor’s performance at a low price or not? Let’s see !

Thats all folks!


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