For the longest time, gamers have hailed the Intel i5-12600K as the best midrange CPU with good performance. When we compared the chipset with AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, it put the R5 5600X to the ground with a 5-10% lead in gaming performance. Now, with the release of the Ryzen 7000 series, it is no surprise that there will be a Ryzen 5 7600X vs. i5-12600K battle.

The main question about the Ryzen 5 7600X is whether it will finally avenge its predecessor. Is it powerful enough to dethrone the Core i5-12600K and become the best midrange CPU of 2022? 

Well, times have changed, and it looks like the AMD chips are giving their Intel rivals a run for their money. For instance, the Ryzen 9 7900X vs Core i9-12900K battle revealed that R9 7900X is in the lead regarding gaming performance. 

So, in this guide, we will do an in-depth comparison of the R5 7600X with the i5-12600K to figure out which midrange chipset comes out on top. However, before diving deep into the specifications, gaming benchmarks, and other differences, let’s look at the fundamentals of the two chipsets next to each other.

Comparison Table

Processor AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Intel Core i5-12600K
Company AMD Intel
Cores 6 10
Threads 12 16
Overclocking Yes Yes
L3-Cache 32MB (shared) 20 MB (shared)
Release Date September 2022 November 2021
Base Frequency 4.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
Maximum Turbo Frequency 5.3 GHz 4.9 GHz
TDP 105W 125W
Memory Support DDR5 DDR4 and DDR5
Motherboard Compatibility Motherboards For Ryzen 5 7600X Motherboards for i5-12600K
Cooler Compatibility CPU Coolers For Ryzen 5 7600x  CPU Coolers for Core i5-12600K 

 


Key Takeaways

  • On paper, the i5-12600K has more cores. But, the R5 7600X has better clock speeds, better power consumption, larger L3 cache size, and higher DDR5 transfer rates.
  • In gaming benchmarks, the R5 7600X runs the 13 games we analyze with about 14% higher FPS on average. Similarly, the AMD chipset also consumes ~4.3% less power on average. However, it also stays ~30% hotter on average than the i5-12600K.
  • In terms of pricing and availability, both chipsets cost roughly the same and are available on Amazon.

Specifications

Let’s see how well the R5 7600X and the i5-12600K hold up on paper.

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Specifications

  • Socket: AM5
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Base Frequency:  4.7 GHz
  • Turbo Boost Frequency: 5.3 GHz
  • Bus Frequency: 100 MHz
  • Multiplier: 47x
  • L1 Cache: 64K (per core)
  • L2 Cache: 1MB (per core)
  • L3 Cache: 32MB (shared)
  • TDP: 105W
  • Max. Temperature: 95°C
  • Fabrication Process: 5nm
  • Memory Types: DDR5
  • Memory Transfer Rates: 5200 MT/s
  • Number of Memory Channels: 2 (dual channel)
  • Max Memory Size: 128GB
  • Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes: 24
  • Integrated Graphics: AMD Radeon™ Graphics
  • GPU Boost Clock: 2200 MHz

Intel i5-12600K Specifications

  • Socket: LGA-1700
  • Cores: 10
  • Threads: 16
  • Base Frequency: 3.7 GHz
  • Turbo Boost Frequency: 4.9 GHz
  • Bus Frequency: 100MHz
  • Multiplier: 37x
  • L1 Cache: 80K (per core)
  • L2 Cache: 9728K (shared)
  • L3 Cache: 20MB (shared)
  • TDP: 125W
  • Max. Temperature: 100°C
  • Fabrication Process: 10nm
  • Memory Types: DDR4 and DDR5
  • Memory Transfer Rates: DDR5-4800MT/s, DDR4-3200MT/s
  • Number of Memory Channels: 2 (dual-channel)
  • Max Memory Size: 128 GB
  • Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes: 20
  • Integrated Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 770
  • GPU Boost Clock: 1450 MHz

After going through the detailed specifications, it looks like AMD has made some real progress regarding the power and efficiency of the R5 7600X. It’s true that it has 6 cores, which, when compared to the i5-12600K, are fewer. But the base and boost clock speeds really put it ahead in terms of single-core performance.

Due to Intel’s hybrid architectural design, the i5-12600K has 6 Performance cores and 4 Efficient cores, giving it a total of 10 cores. The larger number of cores makes the i5-12600K perform well in multi-core tasks, but its single-core performance takes a hit due to its inferior clock speeds.

In terms of power, the R5 7600X has a baseline TDP of 105W, which is significantly better than the i5-12600 K’s baseline TDP of 125W. On paper, it looks like the R5 7600X will perform better than the i5-12600K in games. However, that question will be put to rest once we review their benchmarks.

Ryzen 5 7600X Vs. i5-12600K: Architectures

In this section, we will briefly discuss the different architectures of the two chipsets.

The Zen 4 Architecture

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series
AMD Ryzen 7000 series

As part of the new Zen 4 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X uses the AM5 socket. The Zen 4 architecture has brought many advancements to the AMD chipsets, including the 5nm fabrication process.

Overall, these technological advancements have allowed the 7600X to achieve significantly better clock speeds at a lower 105W TDP figure. On top of that, the Zen 4 architecture has integrated many features that the previous Zen 3 architecture lacked, which also made the chips less future-proof.

DDR5 Support

For instance, the AM5 socket finally supports DDR5 memory, even though it was released all the way back in 2020. Compared to DDR4, DDR5 memory brings many new upgrades, like the minimum frequency has been bumped up to 4800 MHz from 2133 MHz. Similarly, while a single DDR4 stick can only support up to 16GB of RAM, a DDR5 stick can support all the way up to 64GB, making it a huge upgrade. 

One thing to keep in mind is that while the Zen 4 architecture supports DDR5 transfer rates of up to 5200 MT/s, its memory support is not backward compatible with DDR4. So, with a Zen 4 chip, you will have to drop some big bucks on DDR5 RAM.

PCIe Gen 5.0 Support

To further future-proof their Ryzen line-up, AMD has incorporated support for PCIe Gen 5.0 in the Zen 4 architecture. There is no need for PCIe Gen 5.0 at the moment, but it solidifies the chip’s compatibility in future upgrades.

Integrated Graphics

Up until now, AMD chipsets only had integrated graphics in their G-series. But, with Zen 4, this changes as the Ryzen 5 7600X has built-in AMD Radeon™ Graphics with a boost frequency of 2200 MHz. You will still need a dedicated graphics card to experience the full potential of the chipset, but the two cores of RDNA 2 architecture will get you through the day-to-day tasks.

The Alder Lake Architecture

Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel Core i5-12600K

Released back in November 2021, the Alder Lake architecture will soon be replaced by Intel’s all-new Raptor Lake. Yet, even now, the Alder Lake architecture holds its ground firmly due to its innovation and features.

The key design feature that set the Alder Lake CPUs apart from their predecessors and competition is their revolutionary Hybrid Architecture design.

So, instead of packing the CPU with as many powerful cores as possible, Intel fits two different core microarchitectures into a single chipset.

The two microarchitectures are Intel’s Gracemont microarchitecture for Efficient or E cores and Intel’s Golden Cove microarchitecture for Performance or P cores.

Both Performance and Efficient cores are built for completely different tasks.

Performance Cores Efficient Cores
  • Larger is size
  • Smaller in size, a single P core can physically fit 4 E cores
  • Consumes more power to provide high-performance
  • Consumes less power to provide less-performance
  • Supports hyperthreading (SMT)
  • No support for hyperthreading (non-SMT)
  • Mainly optimized for single-threaded tasks
  • Mainly optimized for multi-threaded tasks

 

Other than the Hybrid Architectural design, Intel also introduced other technologies with the Alder Lake line-up, including Intel’s Thread Director, Intel 7 manufacturing process, Multicore Enhancement, DDR5 memory support, PCIe Gen 5.0, and more.

Even though the Alder Lake CPUs were released almost a year ago, they incorporated many features that the new Zen 4 architecture offers.

On top of supporting DDR5 memory, the 12th-generation Intel chipsets are also backward-compatible with DDR4. So you won’t have to spend a lot on DDR5 memory.

Key Advantages

If you go through the spec sheet, you will notice that the Core i5-12600K only has one integral advantage over the R5 7600X; that is, it has four more physical cores.

On the other hand, the R5 7600X has the upper hand in many places, mainly:

  • 12 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Up to 16% more power efficient
  • Better clock speeds
  • Higher DDR5 memory transfer rates

However, all of these comparisons are made on paper, and the best way to figure out which chipset is better is by going through their gaming performance.

Gaming Performance

Let’s dive right into the most important section of our comparison — gaming benchmarks. These performance figures will determine whether the R5 7600X is powerful enough the earn the best midrange CPU title or not.

Thankfully, Game Tests have paired the two chipsets in the following rigs to test them against each other:

Rig For The Ryzen 5 7600X

  • CPU: Ryzen 5 7600X
  • Motherboard: ROG CROSSHAIR X670E EXTREME
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 5600
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24 GB
  • CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360
  • Storage: 2x Corsair Force Series MP600 1TB Gen4 PCIe X4 NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Resolution: 1080P

Rig For The Core i5-12600K

  • CPU: Core i5-12600K
  • Motherboard: ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 5600
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24 GB
  • CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360
  • Storage: 2x CORSAIR Force Series MP600 1TB Gen4 PCIe X4 NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Resolution: 1080P

Both R5 7600X and i5-12600K use different sockets. So, they are paired with different motherboards.

Other than that, both rigs are equipped with the great RTX 3090 TI 24 GB to iron out any bottleneck issues. Similarly, now that AMD’s Zen 4 architecture supports DDR5 memory, CORSAIR’s 32GB dual-channel is used.

The same liquid cooler cools both chipsets to bring them on the same page. 2x 1TB of CORSAIR’s Force Series NVMe M.2 SSD is used, so there will not be any storage-related issues.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K CSGO Benchmarks
CSGO benchmarks on high settings

Even though Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released over a decade ago, many gamers still love it all over the world. In fact, on average 600,000 players are active in this game every day. So, we can’t think of any other game as good as CSGO to start our comparison with.

Looking at the benchmark figures, it’s as clear as day that R5 7600X is ahead of the i5-12600K. It’s running the game at an average of ~40% more FPS. Yes, that’s correct; the R5 7600X is running CSGO at a 998 average FPS while the Core i5-12600K is running at a 710 average FPS.

Glancing over the temperature figures, it seems like Team Red is running quite hot. In fact, about ~19.40% hotter. That’s because the R5 7600X is running at 80°C whereas the Core i5-12700K is relatively cooler at 67°C.

Now you might think that higher temperatures will lead to more power consumption. However, that’s not the case with this test as the R5 7600X is consuming 103.2W while the i5-12600K is taking in just a smidge more power at 106.6W. Overall, this ~3.2% difference can be considered negligible.

Valorant

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Valorant Benchmarks
Valorant benchmarks on high settings

Next up, we have Valorant — a game that is similar to CSGO. In fact, some gamers would say it is a bit too similar. Anyways, since Valorant relies heavily on the CPU as compared to the GPU, it makes a good place for the ultimate Ryzen 5 7600X vs. i5-12600K battle.

Well, after looking at the benchmark figures, it’s safe to say that Valorant’s gameplay is not the only thing that’s similar to CSGO. The R5 7600X runs the game at a solid 624 average FPS whereas the i5-12600K runs it at an average of 482 FPS. Overall, the R5 7600X leads the battle with ~29.4% better performance.

Just like with CSGO, the temperature figures in Valorant also follow a similar trend. The R5 7600X is running about 30% hotter than its rival at 79°C. Team Blue’s i5-12600K is running about 13°C cooler at 66°C. So far, it looks like R5 7600X does not do well with temperatures.

However, the chip is running a bit more efficiently than i5-12600K. That’s because while the R5 7600X is consuming 103.6W, its Intel rival is consuming ~3.7% more power at 107.5W. In terms of power efficiency, a 3.7% difference is negligible, so it should be considered that the two chipsets are consuming the same amount of power.

Call of Duty: Warzone

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Warzone benchmarks
Call of Duty: Warzone benchmarks on high settings

Released just over 2 years ago, Call of Duty: Warzone is an epic shooter game that is played by over 300,000 players on average daily. Even though Warzone relies more on GPU as compared to the CPU, it does not mean that just any other CPU can run this game.

So far, Warzone is the first game where the R5 7600X stays behind the i5-12600k. On average, the R5 7600X runs the game at 207 FPS, whereas the i5-12600K stays just 4 FPS ahead at 211 FPS. Overall, the i5-12600K performs just 1.93% better.

In terms of temperatures, it comes as no surprise that the R5 7600X is running hotter. The AMD chip is running at a whopping 77°C. On the other hand, the i5-12600K is about 20% cooler as it runs at 64°C. 

When it comes to power efficiency, both chipsets consume pretty much the same amount of power. That’s because the power consumption of the R5 7600X hovers at about 99.6W while the i5-12600K consumes 98.7W. Even though the R5 7600X consumes ~0.9% more power, the difference is negligible.

Cyberpunk 2077

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Cyberpunk 2077 benchmarks
Cyberpunk 2077 benchmarks on high settings

Coming up next is Cyberpunk 2077 — a game that, despite having all the hype in the world, failed badly at release because of its poor optimization. With constant updates and bug fixes, things have changed for Cyberpunk 2077. Since Cyberpunk 2077 relies heavily on both the CPU and the GPU, its benchmarks figures will be interesting to note.

Both the Ryzen 5 7600X and the Core i5-12600X perform quite well in Cyberpunk 2077. However, the R5 7600X stays just ~5.6% ahead by running the game at 149 average FPS. On the other hand, the i5-12600K stays right behind with an average of 141 FPS.

When it comes to CPU temperatures, the Ryzen 5 7600X has run hotter in every game we have gone through so far, and that’s the case with Cyberpunk 2077 as well. The R5 7600X is running at 76°C, whereas the i5-12600K is about 18.75% cooler at 64°C.

Even though the AMD chipset seems to be firing at all cylinders with high temperatures, its power consumption is quite efficient. The R5 7600X consumes 101.7W, and the i5-12600K consumes just a little bit more power at 103.4W. Even though the difference is small and negligible, it should still be mentioned that the R5 7600X is consuming ~1.6% less power. 

Forza Horizon 5

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Forza Horizon 5 benchmarks
Forza Horizon 5 benchmarks on extreme settings

The Forza Horizon franchise is known for its ultra-realistic graphics and pleasing visuals. Consequently, the latest Forza Horizon 5 lives up to the expectations and is loved by all racing gamers. 

Running on extreme settings, the i5-12600K seems to perform just a bit better than its AMD rival. With just a 4 FPS difference on average, the Ryzen 5 7600X runs the game at 126 average FPS while the i5-12600K runs it at 130 average FPS. So, in terms of performance, the i5-12600K leads with about 3.1% more FPS.

Another place where the i5-12600K seems to be winning is the temperature. The AMD Ryzen 5 7600X runs at 82°C, whereas the i5-12600K is ~18.8% cooler at 69°C. Even though the ~3.1% FPS lead is negligible, the ~18.8% better temperature is definitely a win for Team Blue.

In terms of power efficiency, it comes as no surprise that the R5 7600X performs ~6.6% better. The i5-12600K consumes 113.3W, while the R5 7600X runs a bit more efficiently by consuming 106.2W.

Fortnite

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Fornite benchmarks
Fortnite benchmarks on extreme settings

Fortnite is well-optimized for CPU performance. When it comes to heavy combats, the game relies on it heavily. However, for most of its PVP and PVE visuals, it utilizes the GPU more. Nevertheless, Fortnite is a great game to test the capabilities of different chipsets.

The game was played in Performance mode, and the R5 7600X managed to run it at a solid 503 average FPS. Similarly, the i5-12600K is also running it quite well at 468 average FPS. However, the performance crown goes to the R5 7500X as it stays about 7.4% ahead of its rival.

The same cannot be said for the temperature crown, as the R5 7900X runs about 20% hotter than the i5-12600K. The R5 7900X temperatures hover at about 84°C, whereas the i5-12600K stays relatively cooler at 70°C.

Both chipsets seem to pull the same amount of wattage. The R5 7900X consumes 101W, and the i5-12600K consumes 102W. The 0.99% difference between the two is negligible, so both chipsets are equal in terms of power efficiency.

Far Cry 6

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Far Cry 6 benchmarks on high settings

Far Cry 6 has suffered from optimization issues since its release. The game is well-known for relying too much on single-core and single-thread performance, leading up to poor frames even on high-end rigs.

Since the R5 7600X has the upper hand in terms of base and boost clock speeds, it comes as no surprise that the chipset performs better than the i5-12600K. On average, the R6 7600X is running the game at 151 FPS, whereas the i5-12600K is running it at 144 FPS. Overall, the R5 7600X leads with ~4.8% more FPS.

Glancing over the temperature figures, the R5 7600X yet again seems to be running relatively hotter. The chipset hovers at around 77°C while the i5-12600K is about 18.4% cooler at 65°C.

As expected, both chipsets consume roughly the same amount of power. The R5 7600X consumes 98.8W, and the i5-12700K consumes 97.1W. The difference of ~1.7% in power consumption is negligible.

Spider-Man

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Spider-Man benchmarks
Spider-Man benchmarks on performance mode

There is no doubt that Spider-Man has some of the best graphics in a game. However, all the swinging, actions, and NCP interaction fall on the CPU, making it one of the most CPU-demanding games.

Both rigs played the game in Performance mode, and the R5 7600X was running it at 115 average FPS. Similarly, things are not so bad with the i5-12600K as the chipset was running it at 109 average FPS. Overall, the R5 7600X leads with a thin margin of about 5.5%.

However, this ~5.5% lead comes at a big temperature jump; that is, the R5 7600X is hovering at about 81°C, whereas the i5-12600K is relatively cooler at 67°C. For perspective, the R5 7600X is running about 20.8% hotter than the i5-12600K to pump out ~5.5% more FPS.

As with most gaming benchmarks we’ve seen in our Ryzen 5 7600X vs. i5-12600K guide, both chipsets consume the same power. The R5 7600X consumes 98.8W, and the i5-12600K consumes 96.9W. The ~1.9% difference in power consumption is negligible.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Shadow Of The Tomb Raider benchmarks
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider benchmarks on high settings

Next up, we have Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, a 2018 game with such captivating graphics and exciting adventures that gamers love it to this day. Overall, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider relies heavily on both the CPU and the GPU. So, running the game on high settings should result in interesting benchmarks.

Looking at the average FPS, the i5-12600K runs at 193 FPS, whereas the R5 7600X is just shy of 190 FPS running at 189 average FPS. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is the third game in which Team Blue performs better than Team Red. However, the difference of ~2.1% is quite negligible.

Unsurprisingly, the R5 7600X is running hotter at 79°C, and the i5-12600K is running at 66°C. The ~19.6% difference in temperatures is anything but negligible, and it looks like the R5 7600X generally runs hotter despite the performance.

While the R5 7600X runs mostly higher in terms of temperature, it is quite power efficient when compared to the i5-12600K. When running Shadow Of The Tomb Raider on high settings, the R5 7600X’s usage is at 37%, and the i5-12600 K’s usage is at 35%. Despite the higher usage, the AMD chipset consumes 108.2W, whereas its Intel rival consumes 117.7W. In short, the R5 7600X consumes ~8.7% less power than the i5-12600K.

Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn is a beautiful game with some serious action. It relies on both the CPU and the GPU to process combats and render graphics. Running on the ultimate setting, it is a great game to test the two chipsets.

The R5 7600X is running the game at 172 average FPS, and the i5-12600K is running it at 164 average FPS. The performance difference is not much since the R5 7600X is ahead with about 4.7% more FPS. 

Looking at the temperature figures, the R5 7600X, without any doubts, is running quite hot when compared to the i5-12600K. The AMD chip hovers at about 78°C and the Intel chip at 65°C. That’s a solid 20% difference which matters a lot. 

Both chipsets consume somewhat the same amount of power. The R5 7600X is taking around 101W, and the i5-12600K is taking 102W. Even though there’s a difference of a watt, that’s just ~0.99% which is completely negligible. 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X vs Intel i5-12600K Rainbow 6 Siege benchmarks
Rainbow Six Siege benchmarks on ultra settings

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a 2016 shooter game that relies on both CPU and GPU. According to Ubisoft, “Rainbow Six is designed to make the most out of multi-core CPUs”. Since the game is from 2016 and our chips are equipped with bleeding-edge technology, both of them should be able to run the game on ultra settings without any hiccups.

The R5 7600X is running the game at a whopping 598 average FPS, and the i5-12600K is also pushing out a solid 502 average FPS. Even though the Intel chipset’s 502 average FPS is quite good, the R5 7600X wins this category with a ~19.1% lead.

FPS is not the only thing the AMD’s chip is high at; it is also running at 75°C, which is a lot when compared to the i5-12600K running at 63°C. Interestingly enough, the difference in temperatures is about 19%, which is also the difference in their FPS.

In terms of power efficiency, the R5 7600X consumes 107.8W, and the i5-12600K consumes 116.8W. The AMD chipset is undoubtedly more power efficient as it consumes ~8.3% less power than its Intel rival.

Watch Dogs: Legion

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Watch Dogs: Legion benchmarks on ultra settings

Last but not least, we will end our Ryzen 5 7600X vs. i5-12600K gaming benchmarks with Watch Dogs: Legion, an action-adventure game released in 2020. Compared to other AAA titles of its time, Legion was more CPU demanding, leading to lower FPS on ultra settings. 

The Ryzen 5 7600X still managed to run the game on ultra settings at an average of 143 FPS. Similarly, the Core i5-12600K did not disappoint either, as it ran the game at an average of 139 FPS. Overall, the R5 7600X remained ahead of i5-12600K in terms of performance with just a ~2.8% lead.

After going through the above benchmarks, you can probably guess the temperature figures yourself. Well, the R5 7600X, as usual, runs quite hot at 79°C when compared to the i5-12600K, which is running at 66°C. To no one’s surprise, the R5 7600X is about 19.6% hotter.

Similarly, you can also guess which chipset is more power efficient. The R5 7600X consumes 103.6W, and the i5-12600K consumes 107.5W. Even though the difference in power consumption is just about 3.7%, making it negligible, there is no doubt that the R5 7600X is overall more power efficient.

Overall Gaming Performance

Bringing our thorough analysis of the gaming benchmarks to an end, it’s time to talk about which CPU performed better overall. So far, we have tested the two chipsets in 13 games, and the i5-12600K performed better than the Ryzen 5 7600X in just 3 of them.

Even then, the biggest lead the i5-12600K could achieve was in Forza Horizon 5 where the CPU ran the game at ~3.1% more FPS. On the other end, the R5 7600X stayed far ahead of the i5-12600K in the remaining 10 games, with an FPS difference of as high as ~40% in games like CSGO.

Overall, the Ryzen 5 7600X outperformed the Core i5-12600K in terms of sheer performance with an average FPS difference of about 14%. The average was taken from the FPS figures of the 13 games we went through.

Conclusively, the Ryzen 5 7600X is undoubtedly a superior chipset in performance. The credit to which goes to its Zen 4 architecture which led to a significantly better base and boost clock speeds, making the CPU a king of single-core performance.

With that said, while the i5-12600K stayed behind the R5 7600X in most games, it is still a powerful CPU without any question. It ran all of the games at high to extreme settings without major FPS loss, which is quite commendable since its rival chipset was released in September 2022, while it was released in November 2021.

Power Consumption and Thermal Efficiency

Having a relatively low TDP of 105W, it comes as no surprise that the R5 7600X consumed less power than the i5-12600K. When we say less power, we don’t mean there’s a huge difference between the power consumption of the two chipsets. In fact, the R5 7600X only consumed ~4.3% less power on average in the 13 games. 

While this figure might not look as impressive for R5 7600X, it is definitely a big deal for the i5-12600k which has a base TDP of 125W. Despite a ~20% difference in base TDP, the i5-12600K just consumed ~4.3% more power, and in many games, the difference in power consumption was negligible.

Overall, the R5 7600X performs better and consumes less power. Well, the performance bump with higher clock speeds and few cores comes at a cost. In all the 13 benchmark figures we analyzed, the R5 7600X ran about 30.5% hotter on average than the i5-12600K.

All of this points to one thing, you must never cheap out on the CPU cooler, especially if you plan to use the R5 7600X. We have already compiled an in-depth guide for the best CPU coolers for Ryzen 5 7600X

When put next to the R5 7600X, the Core i5-12600K is a relatively thermal efficient chipset. Still, it’s best to use a tried-and-tested CPU cooler to avoid any issues. Luckily, we also have a guide for the 7 best CPU coolers for i5-12600K.

Pricing and Availability

Since both chipsets are aimed toward mid-range builds, they are priced in the same ballpark. The Ryzen 5 7600X was launched with an MSRP of $300, and it is currently available on Amazon for the same price.

Similarly, the i5-12600K was launched with an MSRP of $320. However, it has been almost a year since its release, and currently, you can purchase the chipset for about $280 on Amazon.

While both chipsets cost roughly the same, you might have to drop more bucks on an R5 7600X build. That’s because the chipset uses the new AM5 socket, and just like with everything new, the motherboards are relatively priced on the higher end.

Overall, there is not a significant difference in the pricing and availability of both chipsets, In fact, it is highly unlikely that prices alone will change your mind and affect your purchase decision.

Ryzen 5 7600X Vs. i5-12600K: Which One Should You Go For?

Now comes the final question, which chipset should you go for? So far, we have compared the Ryzen 5 7600X and the Core i5-12600K across all categories. We have compared their specifications, architectures, gaming performances, thermal and power efficiency, pricing and availability, and we have seen which chipset has more key advantages over the other on paper.

Coming back to the question on hand, the answer is quite simple. Well, the R5 7600X is clearly the superior chipset. It not only performs better than the i5-12600K, but it also consumes less power. The only category where it lacks is thermal efficiency, which shouldn’t be an issue if you’re using a good CPU cooler.

So, for gamers with an older Ryzen CPU looking to upgrade, the Ryzen 5 7600X is definitely worth its salt. With a $300 price tag, you get good performance figures and support for DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0 making it a future-proof chipset.

On the other hand, you really should not purchase the i5-12600K at the moment. First, the Raptor Lake CPUs are just around the corner, and the successor, the i5-13600K, is coming with huge performance upgrades.

For starters, the i5-13600K will cost around $330; for that price, you will get 14 cores, 20 threads, and 5.10 GHz of boost clock speed. So, overall, it’s best to purchase the 13th-gen i5 instead of its predecessor. 

However, if you still want to purchase the i5-12600K, you should wait for the Raptor Lake CPUs to hit the market. That’s because once they are available, the prices for i5-12600K will see a decline, making it an even better value for money.

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Similarly, we hope our Ryzen 5 7600X vs. i5-12600K guide will help you make the right decision in picking a midrange chipset.

 
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Abdemanaf has been a creative writer since 2011. He first dwelled in the tech world in early 2015 and has since compared many product offerings by different companies. Abdemanaf started working for Tech4Gamers in February 2022 as a blog and comparison writer.