Intel Core i5-12400F becomes affordable six-core Ryzen 5 5600X competitor

Over the years fixed on Skylake and 14 nanometers, Intel has increased the number of cores, which has taken the Core i5 processors to six cores and twelve threads. The variants without overclocking have also been paired with relatively low prices, which has made them attractive mid-range models with perfectly okay performance. Core i5-11400, Core i5-11400F and Core i5-10400 are three examples of such.

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With the “Alder Lake” -based Core i5-12600K, the number of cores increases to ten, with six high-performance and four energy-efficient. Good performance and a price of SEK 3,300 are two reasons behind the processor’s Top Class award. Intel has not yet unveiled a lower priced model with the designation Core i5-12400F, but despite that, the French the hardware site Comptoir Hardware put their hands on a development copy of the model.


Unlike previous generations, the “400F” suffix does not mean an unchanged number of cores, but here the circuit steps down to six high-performance “Golden Cove” and zero “Gracemont”. Last week, MSI revealed that just such an alternative “Alder Lake” circuit exists, and it appears to be the one being used. The Core i5-12400F thus becomes a more regular competitor to AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, which also has six cores and twelve wires.

Hardware counter writes that the processor has a TDP value of 65 watts and a Turbo Power level of 117 watts. In terms of frequency, the top note of 4.4 GHz is visible with the base frequency 3.4 GHz, which is 100 and 300 MHz lower, respectively, than the high-performance cores of the Core i5-12600K (F). The processor is also run through a number of different tests, where, among other things, single- and multi-threaded results in the Cinebench R23 stay at 1,721 and 11,546 points, respectively. In the former case, it is about 11 percent behind the Core i5-12600K, while the latter deducts to 53 percent lead when all ten cores are working.

Compared to AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, the battle is even in the Cinebench R23 test. The Intel option wins by a single percent in the multi-threaded test, but by 11 percent when a core is used. In the game tests it is even beard between the six-core Intel and AMD candidates and made sure power outlet they are also at the same level. The Core i5-12600K retains some control over the two in play, but also sips significantly more power.

At the time of writing, “Alder Lake” is an expensive platform, despite nicely priced processors. Only motherboards with the top control circuit Z690 are available for purchase today, which start at around SEK 2,000. For those who want to accompany with DDR5 memory, both low availability and large price tag apply, but it is possible that the situation will change until the official launch of the Core i5-12400F. Reasonably, the model lands somewhere around SEK 2,500, which together with a cheaper motherboard can be an affordable Ryzen 5600X alternative.

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