November 22, 2021

Get Intel's brand new 12th-gen CPUs at a discount

Intel's 12th Gen CPUs have largely received rave reviews from reviewers across the gaming and technology space. Thanks to a combination of a more modern manufacturing process and a unique architectural design (for desktop CPUs, anyway), these chips have been able to outperform their AMD counterparts in both gaming and productivity. Our own 12900K and 12600K review here at Digital Foundry convinced us that they're exceptional performers in their price range, especially the mid-range 12600K.

The part that impressed us the most is the new Core i5-12600K. This 10-core/16-thread processor features six performance cores (P-cores) and four efficient cores (E-cores) and strikes the perfect balance between price and performance. In our testing, we found that the 12600K was able to match or outperform the competing AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and as other outlets have discovered it actually significantly outperforms the 5600X and, in some cases, even the 5800X, in productivity applications. That's pretty impressive stuff, even if you have to buy into a new Z690 platform in order to do it.

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