Rendering Performance

We will now take a look at how rendering performance compares.

Cinebench R23

Intel Core i5-12600K DDR4 Alder Lake Cinebench R23 Multi-Core

Keep in mind that the Intel Core i5-12600K does technically have 4 more threads over the Ryzen 5 5600X and 11600K. This seems to pay off immensely in Cinebench R23. The Intel Core i5-12600K is a whopping 61% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X! AMD, watch out. Yikes. Compared to the 11600K it’s 56% faster, talk about a generation-to-generation bump in performance!

Intel Core i5-12600K DDR4 Alder Lake Cinebench R23 Single-Core

Taking multi-threading out of the equation, we find that even in single-core rendering the Intel Core i5-12600K is vastly superior. It’s 25% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is majorly significant. Compared to the 11600K it’s 24% faster, again a huge bump generation-to-generation.

Blender Open Data Benchmark

Intel Core i5-12600K DDR4 Alder Lake Blender Open Data Benchmark Classroom

In Blender is where we really see the new Intel Core i5-12600K show an advantage, it’s in the time saved rendering a scene. With the Ryzen 5 5600X, it takes 9 minutes and 43 seconds to render, with the 11600K it’s 9 minutes and 32 seconds, both are pretty close. With the new Intel Core i5-12600K though, that time is reduced down to 6 minutes and 35 seconds, that’s a savings of 33% off your time!


Intel Core i5-12600K DDR4 Alder Lake V-Ray 5 Benchmark

In V-Ray 5 once again the Intel Core i5-12600K smashes the other CPUs to bits. It’s 45% faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and 42% faster than the 11600K.


Intel Core i5-12600K DDR4 Alder Lake HandBrake

In HandBrake, transcoding a 10-minute video, we also see a nice time reduction using the new Intel Core i5-12600K. The Ryzen 5 5600X takes 13 minutes and 14 seconds, the 11600K is faster and takes 12 minutes and 58 seconds, but the new 12600K only takes 8 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s 35% faster than the Rzyen 5 5600X. BTW, this is without Intel QuickSync enabled, so imagine that with QuickSync this would be even faster.

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Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer oriented...

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  1. Good review. Have to say I was surprised at the results. Nice to see Intel back in the hunt, and that power draw wasn’t off the charts

    Would love to see a short follow on that pits Pcores vs Ecores just out of curiousity.

  2. Nice review indeed! I am pleasantly surprised by the results. Keep up the improvements Intel. Things get good when both AMD and Intel are competetive.

  3. Thanks for the review [USER=3]@Brent_Justice[/USER]. I really enjoyed the informative breakdown of what Alder Lake, E core, P core is along with the heads up about the AMD updates. I also enjoyed seeing Intel coming back swinging with an impressively efficient processor than perform well with a multitude of workloads.

    edit: Also loved the use of arrows in the review pic to indicate the DDR4 detail. At first I was like, what?, huh?, oh I get it.

  4. I admit a follow up with various Intel specific features turned on to see what further gains could be had would be nice as well.

  5. Nicely done on the review.

    I wonder. Will Intel have an advantage in place if running an Intel processor with an Intel Arc?

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