Intel® Core™ 12th generation desktop processors deliver superior performance where it’s needed most, whether you’re a gamer, creator, streamer or everyday user.  The 12th gen line-up of Intel desktop processors, continues the previous generations ensemble, beginning with i5, through to i7 and i9 to gives users multiple options at every price point. This latest generation of Intel Core processors are on average 11% faster than 11th gen and 22% faster than 10th gen equivalent processors.  

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, this makes them the perfect choice for gamers who are looking to experience a truly next gen gaming experience with all the latest games.  


Hybrid Processor Architecture and Intel Thread Director 

One of the most significant changes of Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs is the introduction of a new and improved hybrid processor architecture. Combining two different core types to allow your processor to intelligently optimise itself to match the intensity of any workload, Intel’s new hybrid architecture elevate gaming, productivity, and content creation to a new level. 

Efficiency Cores (E-Cores) are optimised to handle less intense workloads that allows them to consume less overall power. Whereas, Performance Cores (P-Cores) are optimised to handle more intensive workloads and can deliver hyper threaded performance when gaming or carrying out intense workloads. Intel’s hybrid architecture provides up to eight Performance-cores and eight Efficient-cores, with workload intelligently routed by Intel® Thread Director2—it divides, so you can conquer.  It also paves the way for future leaps in processor design for future Intel desktop processor generations. 

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Next-Gen Innovations 

Intel have always looked towards the future of technology and gaming when designing a new generation of processors. Therefore, Intel’s 12th Generation of processors have been designed to offer support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. They also offer up to 20 lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 & 4 PCIe 4.0) that can increase your systems storage performance and enable higher bandwidth connection points.

Intel 12th Gen processors now offer support for DDR5 memory that can deliver speeds of up to 4800 MT/s for increased memory bandwidth that way out matches the memory of the previous generation. Increased bandwidth across the entire 12th Gen stack will massively boost performance when carrying out intensive workloads like multitasking, creating content, streaming gameplay or editing 4K video. 

The best overclocking experience3 can be found on 12th Gen processors as they feature highly flexible architecture and industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate in performance customisation – find out how to Overclock 12th gen processors with Intel® XTU


Which Intel 12th Gen CPU is Best For Gaming? 

Intel Core 12th Gen processors have built upon previous generational innovations to create a stack of processors that are competitive in not only price but also in performance. Intel Core 12th Gen processors can meet every type of gamers needs, no matter the budget. 


Intel® Core™ i5 Processors (Performance Gaming) 

Intel has been significantly increasing the performance of their entry level gaming processors over the last few generations. Intel Core i5 processors now offer 16 threads that are paired with 6 Performance-cores and 4 Efficient-cores that can boost up to 4.90GHz. The i5 line can deliver a solid level of performance when paired with a mid-level graphics card like the GTX 1660Ti that together create the perfect entry level gaming PC to suit any budget. The i5 line can deliver high frame rates and higher resolutions on less demanding games, which makes this line the ideal platform for playing Esports titles like Fortnite, Warzone and many more. 


Intel® Core™ i7 Processors (High Performance Gaming) 

The Intel Core i7 line is designed for hardcore gamers who want to achieve high performance when playing the most demanding and latest games. Intel Core i7 processors offer 20 threads, paired with 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores that can turbo up to an impressive 5.0GHz. Gaming PCs that are powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 processor can take on the most demanding modern games like Microsoft’s Flight Simulator when paired with the correct graphics card. This CPU is ideal for any customer who want to play the most CPU intensive games, stream their high-quality gameplay or carry out intensive multi-threaded tasks like video editing and creating digital content. 


Intel® Core™ i9 Processors (Extreme Gaming) 

Intel 12th Generation i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting a massive 24 threads, with 8 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores. This premium member of the Intel Core 12th Gen family is best suited for users who need a system for productivity as well as gaming. We recommend pairing Intel’s flagship i9 processors with a high-powered premium graphics card to help reduce CPU bottlenecking and ensuring maximum performance. Gaming PCs that are powered by Intel’s i9 processors can deliver premier performance when playing the latest games or carrying out CPU intensive tasks like streaming, rendering video or creating rich digital content. 

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1Performance hybrid architecture combines two new core microarchitectures, Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores), on a single processor die. Performance hybrid architecture is not available on certain 12th Gen Intel Core processors. Select 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (certain 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processors and lower) do not have performance hybrid architecture, only P-cores. 

2Built into the hardware, Intel® Thread Director is provided only in performance hybrid architecture configurations of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors; OS enablement is required. Available features and functionality vary by OS. 

3Based 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 Results may vary.