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Meet the Hypertext Test Bench – CPU

The Hypertext Test Bench for PC components is coming together swimmingly and today we can finally highlight the brain of our rig.

That brain is none other than the Intel 12th Gen Core i5-12600K CPU.

This CPU boasts 10 cores with six of those cores reserved for performance and the remaining four earmarked for efficiency. There are a total of 16 threads present and due to the way the cores are configured, the frequency will differ depending on what you are doing.

As per Intel, this is how performance plays out depending on which cores are in use.

  • Performance-core Base/Boost Clock: 3.7GHz and 4.9GHz
  • Efficient-core base/Boost Clock: 2.8GHz and 3.6GHz

At full tilt the CPU is expected to draw as much as 150W which is 25W more than the base power of the CPU.

Thankfully, our CPU supports DDR5 memory at 4 800MT/s and DDR4 at 3 200MT/s up to a maximum of 128GB across two channels. While our current motherboard doesn’t support DDR5 memory, we’re glad to have a CPU that supports both as this allows us to see how big of a difference there is between the two memory types.

The integrated GPU present here is the Intel UHD Graphics 770 which looks good on paper but likely won’t be used for much more than testing when we don’t have a discrete GPU in for testing.

Our one and only sticking point is that this CPU didn’t ship with a CPU cooler. To be fair, this is common with Intel CPUs but the fact that the new socket – LGA 1700 – is so drastically different for older platforms, a cooler would have been nice.

With that said we are awaiting two more components (not counting the cooler) and the Hypertext Test Bench will be open for business.

Once again, we must give our deepest and sincerest thanks to Gigabyte South Africa who has made all of this possible and Intel who has provided us with a great CPU to get started.

If you missed our previous coverage highlighting other components, you can find that below

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