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Intel i7 12700K vs 11700K – Our Recommendation

This comparison will focus on crowning a victor between these two older generation Intel Core i7s.

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Core i7 12700K

Rated: 8/10

Core i7 11700K

Rated: 8/10


Pros And Cons

CPUProsCons
Core i7 12700K✅ Two extra cores
✅ Better power efficiency
✅Support for DDR5
❌Slighlty higher price
Core i7 11700K✅ Good performance
✅Slghtly cheaper
❌Uses an older platform
❌No support for DDR5

Key Takeaways
  • There was only a slight performance difference of around 5% in our testing of these two processors, with the 12700K being a hair faster at 1080p.
  • The timid improvements of the 12700K in performance are also accompanied by a small decrease in power consumption over the 11700K.
  • The price-to-performance ratio of these processors is nearly identical as of early March 2024, with the 11700K being slightly cheaper.
  • With the relatively low and close price of both chips, we think that consumers should be happy with getting either processor in their setup. 

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Comparison Table

FeatureCore i7 11700KCore i7-12700K
SocketFCLGA1200FCLGA1700
Supported memory typesDDR4DDR4, DDR5
Maximum memory size128 GB128 GB
Max memory channels22
Maximum memory bandwidth50 GB/s76.8 GB/s
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 750Intel UHD Graphics 770
Max resolution over HDMI 1.44096x2160@60Hz4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Max resolution over eDP5120 x 3200 @60Hz5120 x 3200 @ 120Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort5120 x 3200 @60Hz7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz
Best Motherboards-Best Motherboards for i7-12700K
Best CPU Coolers-Best CPU Coolers for i7-12700K
Best RAM-Best RAM For i7-12700K

Architectural Differences

  1. Manufacturing Process: The 12700K uses a more recent 10nm process size instead of the rather inefficient 14nm process nodes of the 11700K.
  2. TDP: Despite the improvements in power efficiency for the 12700K it has the same TDP of 125 watts as the 11700K.
  3. Core Count: The Core i7 12700K has 8 performance cores, the same as the 11700K, but it also has the benefit of 4 extra efficiency cores, which the 11700K has none of.
  4. Clock Speed: The performance cores on both processors have the base and boost clock speeds of 3.6GHz and 5GHz, respectively.
  5. L3 CacheThe 12700K has 25 megabytes of on-dye L3 memory, whereas the 11700K only has 16 megabytes.

Turning to older processors at a time of stale innovations from AMD and Intel is the go-to for consumers looking for a good price-to-performance ratio. In this 12700K vs 11700K CPU comparison, we’ll be comparing the specifications and gaming performance to find the better i7 amongst the two. 


i7 12700K vs i7 11700K Gaming Benchmarks – 1080p

To test the gaming performance of these two chips, we set up a test bench that only leaves the CPUs as the possible bottleneck, ensuring accurate real-world gaming differences. You can take a look at the specs of the test bench below:

Test PC  

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In our test of Far Cry 6, the 12700K had an average framerate of 130 FPS8.3% higher than the 120 FPS of the 11700K.
  • The lows were around 11% apart in our testing, with the 12700K getting a framerate of 94 FPS, while the 11700K had lows of 85 FPS.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The framerate difference was much more modest at around 2% in this game, with the 12700K getting an average framerate of 142 FPS, while the 11700K had a framerate of 139 FPS.
  • The minimum framerates showed a discrepancy of around 4%, with the 12700K going down to 113 FPS, while the 11700K had lows of 109 FPS.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The average framerates were around 11% higher on the newer chip, with the 12700K getting a framerate of 127 FPS, while the 11700K had an average of around 114 FPS.
  • The minimum framerates were 9.5% higher on the newer chip at around 92 FPS, while the 11700K had lows of 84 FPS.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The framerates showed a difference of 9% between the two chips in Watch Dogs Legion, with the 12700K hovering around 122 FPS, while the 11700K had an average framerate of 112 FPS.
  • The minimum framerates showed an 11% difference with the 12700K being in the lead. It had an average framerate of 94 FPS, while the 11700K kept up with lows of 85 FPS.

Control

Control
Control @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Control showed a small difference of 2% between the two chips, with the 12700K getting an average framerate of 193 FPS, whereas the 11700K had an average of 190 FPS.
  • The 2% difference returned for the lows of this game but with the 11700K in the lead. It had a minimum of 148 FPS, while the 12700K held closer to 145 FPS.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • AC: Valhalla also showed a negligible difference of around 2.5% in our testing, with the 12700K hovering around 119 FPS, while the 11700K had an average of 116 FPS.
  • The difference was a bit larger in the 1% lows, with the 11700K hovering around 82 FPS, while the 12700K had lows of around 86 FPS.

F1

F1 2022
F1 2022 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • F1 2022 showcased a difference of around 2% between the two processors, with the 12700K holding strong at 180 FPS, whereas the 11700K was slightly behind with lows of 176 FPS.
  • We saw a negligible difference between the 1% lows in this game. The 12700K had lows of 134 FPS, while the 11700K had lows of around 135 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedCore i7 11700KCore i7 12700K
Average FPS138 📈145 📈
%1 lows104 📉108 📉
Winner: Intel's Core i7 12700K

There was a modest 5% difference in the average framerates of these chips on the whole, whereas the difference in lows was closer to around 4%. Depending on the framerate these changes can be imperceivable, but this is not to discredit the generational improvement of the 12700K over its predecessor.


Power Consumption

Graphics CardPower Consumption
Core i7 12700K⚡291
Core i7 11700K⚡301
Difference3.4%

Our CPU stress test showed a 3.4% lower power consumption for the 12700K, which is refreshing to see with the power consumption of recent processors only going up. Our rejoicing was short-lived, as this small difference would largely go unnoticed by most gamers.


Price and Value

CPULaunch MSRPCurrent Price
Core i7 12700K💲409💲254
Core i7 11700K 💲399💲241
Difference2.5%5%

The 5% difference in performance is accompanied by an appropriate 5% difference in price, with the 12700K being a bit more expensive. The difference is small enough that mostly anyone can stretch their budget to get the 12700K over the 11700K.


Final Thoughts 

Core i7 11700K: In our testing, this chip held up well against the 12700K. The differences were mostly unnoticeable, and if you play at a higher resolution, both chips would perform identically. We would say you should buy this chip if you find a good deal on it.

Core i7 12700K: The difference in performance was, as said before, mostly negligible going from the older processor to this one, but this fact also holds for the price difference. We would recommend this chip as the defacto option, especially because you can find it cheaper on the used market.

Wrapping it up, you would be happy going for either of the 12700K vs 11700K as the price and performance difference is small enough for most people to not care.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the thread count of the 12700K and 11700K?

The 12700K has 20 threads due to its addition of efficiency cores, whereas the 11700K is left with only 16 threads.

Do the 11700K and 12700K have different platforms?

The 12700K uses an LGA 1700 platform, whereas the 11700K uses an LGA 1200 platform.

How much more recent is the 12700K compared to the 11700K?

The 12700K was launched around 7 months after the 11700K.


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