Configure an Intel 12th Gen Enthusiast PC

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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™ processors. 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.

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Key Features and Benefits of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

What You Can do with PCs Powered by 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Level-Up Your Game and Then Some

Get the world’s best gaming performance6 and create without compromise. Intel’s performance hybrid architecture makes it possible with up to eight Performance-cores and up to eight Efficient-cores1.

Get Superior Performance Where it Counts*

Stream, browse, edit, video chat, or just take care of business at home. Whatever you’re doing, rely on 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors for the performance boost you need, where you need it most*.

Frequently Asked Questions About 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Performance-cores (P-cores):

  • Optimized to handle single & lightly threaded performance.
  • Enhance gaming and productivity workload.

Efficient-cores (E-cores):

  • 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.

Memory Overclocking:

  • 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

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.
3

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 2×2 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2×2 (1201 Mbps) or 1×1 (600 Mbps) 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.

4

As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire. Visit www.intel.com/PerformanceIndex (connectivity) for details.

5

Unlocked features are present with select chipsets and processor combinations. Altering clock frequency or voltage may void any product warranties and reduce stability, security, performance, and life of the processor and other components. Check with system and component manufacturers for details.

6Performance varies by use, configuration, and other factors. Learn more at Intel Performance Index​​.
7

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).

8Performance varies by use, configuration, and other factors. Learn more at Intel Performance Index​​.
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