Game without compromise. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor performance hybrid architecture includes up to eight Performance-cores (P-core) and up to eight Efficient-cores (E-core), with workload intelligently routed by Intel® Thread Director2—it divides, so you can conquer.
12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. Delivering Superior Performance Where You Need it Most*.
Take the next evolutionary leap with the performance hybrid architecture of 12th Generation Intel® Core™ processors1. Get the performance you need, where you need it—whether you’re a gamer, creator, streamer, or everyday user. Whatever you’re into, do more of it, whenever you want.
Superior Performance When You Need it*. Multitasking Like You’ve Always Wanted.
12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors—a generation like no other before it. With unprecedented new performance hybrid architecture, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors offer a unique combination of Performance and Efficient-cores (P-core and E-core). And that means real-world performance, intuitively scaled to match whatever you’re doing1.
The Performance-core is Intel’s highest performing CPU core ever. And it’s designed to maximize single-thread performance and responsiveness for compute intensive workloads like gaming and 3D design. The Efficient-core delivers multithreaded performance for tasks that can run in parallel (like image rendering), along with efficient offload of background tasks for modern multitasking.
So that Performance-cores and Efficient-cores can work seamlessly with the operating system, Intel built Intel® Thread Director right into the hardware2. Automatically monitoring and analyzing on-the-fly, Intel® Thread Director guides the operating system, helping it place the right thread on the right core, at the right time. And it does it all dynamically, adapting scheduling guidance based on actual computing needs, not on static rules.
12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors support the next wave of discrete graphics cards and storage devices. These devices take advantage of increased throughput coming with PCIe 5.0 as well the higher speeds and bandwidth of DDR5 memory.
Another standard feature of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+). Offering exclusive, high-speed channels that other legacy devices simply can’t, Intel® Wi-Fi 6E lets you experience nearly 3x faster connectivity without the interference3. And that means more freedom to work or learn from home—or relax with super-smooth, high-quality streaming.
You can also connect your PC to multiple 4K monitors and other accessories, all with one reversible cable. The 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family—our most innovative platform yet—enables Thunderbolt™ 4, the simplest, fastest, most reliable port available4.
With 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, standard, built-in features enable capabilities like noise suppression, auto-framing, and optimization for bandwidth and video resolution while gaming3. That saves you time and lets you multitask in ways you’ve only ever dreamed of—until now.
From epic gaming to browsing to streaming to creating your next masterpiece, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors make it all entirely doable.
Key Features and Benefits of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver highly flexible architecture and industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate in performance customization.
12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors offer leading edge performance hybrid architecture and support both DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. That gives you a platform you can customize at any time down the road.
With Intel® Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt™ 4, you get exclusive, high-speed, Wi-Fi channels and the most versatile port available.
Frequently Asked Questions About 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
- Optimized to handle single & lightly threaded performance.
- Enhance gaming and productivity workload.
- Optimized to handle scaling highly threaded workloads.
- Minimize interruptions from background task management.
Intel® Thread Director sends the right workload to the right core at the right time. It helps prioritize and manage the distribution of workloads, sending tasks to the most optimized thread. This new feature is on by default and works in tandem with the operating system for intelligent workload distribution. To get the full capabilities of Intel Thread Director, pair a select 12th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor with Windows2 7 8.
Processor Core Overclocking:
- Users can overclock both Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores) to maximize performance.
- Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility software has been updated to provide a simplified process to overclock unlocked 12th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors.
- NEW Intel® Extreme Memory Profile 3.0 specification support for DDR5 enabling.
- NEW Intel® Dynamic Memory Boost and memory overclocking support.
These new desktop SKUs feature a 3-year warranty on box and tray processors.
Notices & Disclaimers
*’Superior’ as compared to previous generation.
Performance results are based on testing as of dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available updates. See backup for configuration details. No product or component can be absolutely secure.
Results have been estimated or simulated.
Product and Performance Information
Select SKUs only, functionality varies by OEM design, operating system and routers/APs/Gateways that support Wi-Fi 6E, together with regional spectrum allocation & required regulatory certifications. Check with OEM or retailer for system configuration details. Visit www.intel.com/PerformanceIndex (connectivity) for details.
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2x2 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2x2 (1201 Mbps) or 1x1 (600 Mbps) 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.
As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire. Visit www.intel.com/PerformanceIndex (connectivity) for details.
Based on enhanced overclocking ability enabled by Intel's comprehensive tools and unique architectural tuning capabilities. Overclocking may void warranty or affect system health. Learn more at intel.com/overclocking. Results may vary.
Currently only available on Intel® Core™ i9 desktop processors (including K, F, and KF SKUs), Intel® Core™ i7 desktop processors (including K, F, and KF SKUs), Intel® Core™ i5 desktop processors (K and KF SKUs only).