Last week, as part of the CES (Las Vegas), Intel presented many new processors for the Socket 1700, for which there were previously only three models from the K series, i.e. overclockable CPUs. We look at how the performance of the new models looks like. We do this on the basis of tests that have already been published by specialist magazines, with the tests primarily concentrating on the Core i5-12400 and Core i7-12700 due to the abundance of new models.
At the end of the special we summarize the findings for a current CPU purchase advice, whereby we also consider overclocker requests. We also address another important topic related to Socket 1700: The mainboards with new chipsets that are now available.
Because until a few days ago there were only the overclocker boards with the Z690 chipset, which cost at least 180 euros. If you don’t want to overclock, you indirectly pay a lot more, since there are several mainboards for the alternative Intel 1200 and AMD AM4 sockets from around 50 to 60 euros, which are completely sufficient and are not a disadvantage in games.
Because of the expensive mainboards, a setup with an AMD Ryzen of the 5000 series was the better choice in our last review, since the price-performance ratio was better there because of the cheaper mainboard than with a faster one without including the mainboard “per euro”. K model of the new Core i-12000 series.
But the new mainboards for the Socket 1700 could change the situation, especially if you don’t want to overclock anyway and have one of the new non-K CPUs in mind. We will clarify exactly what the situation is in the course of the special. But first we list the new models relevant for gamers together with the three socket 1700 CPUs that have already been available.
At the beginning of the year, Intel covered the Socket 1700 with a whole range of new desktop CPUs – all new models do not have a freely selectable multiplier, so they cannot be overclocked. The processors also include particularly energy-saving T variants, which we have left out so as not to overload the table that follows.
Even without these CPUs, there are already almost 20 models, if you consider that many CPUs are also available as F versions. The letter F indicates that the CPU does not have its own graphics unit. If you use a graphics card anyway, you can choose an F processor (or KF for the overclockable models) and thus always save a few euros.
We therefore offer you two prices in the table: for the normal version of the CPU and, if there is such a model, for the F variant. In general, the prices sometimes relate to the “tray” version, i.e. the CPU without colorful packaging. These CPUs are intended for PC producers, but are also available individually for private customers.
Important for our special: If we mention an F or KF model later in the text, we always mean the normal model, purely in terms of performance. Because the only difference, as I said, is the internal graphics unit. This is our tabular overview of the current Alder Lake CPUs:
|model||P-Colors||E-Colors||Threads||Takt P-Core||TDP (max)||Price from||Price F version|
|Core i3-12100||4||none||8||3.3 to 4.3GHz||89 Watt||140 Euro||100 Euro|
|Core i3-12300||4||none||8||3.5 to 4.4GHz||89 Watt||155 Euro||neither|
|Core i5-12400||6||none||12||2.5 to 4.4GHz||117 Watt||210 Euro||180 Euro|
|Core i5-12500||6||none||12||3.0 to 4.6GHz||117 Watt||210 Euro||neither|
|Core i5-12600||6||none||12||3.3 to 4.8GHz||117 Watt||245 Euro||240 Euro|
|Core i5-12600K||6||4||16||3.7 to 4.9GHz||150 Watt||285 Euro||280 Euro|
|Core i7-12700||8||4||20||2.1 to 4.9GHz||180 Watt||370 Euro||360 Euro|
|Core i7-12700K||8||4||20||3.6 to 5.0GHz||190 Watt||420 Euro||410 Euro|
|Core i9-12900||8||8||24||2.4 to 5.1GHz||202 Watt||570 Euro||510 Euro|
|Core i9-12900K||8||8||24||3.2 to 5.2GHz||241 Watt||560 Euro||530 Euro|
On the following page we clarify what the P and E cores are all about and also come to the performance of the new CPUs.