Intel and AMD both are popular names in the high-end segments of the market. However, today we solely want to focus on the budgeted end of the market and see how certain products can make an excellent bargain.
Intel’s Core i5-12400F appears to be the most popular when it comes to a budget friendly CPU. One of the main reasons for that is the value which you can get out of it, where price certainly does not equate to the performance. The 12400F is up for sale for less than 200 USD and is most perfectly suited for gamers who want to stay on a budget but at the same time want great performance and multi-threading capacity.
If you don’t remember, let us give you a little recap of the specs. The Core i5-12400F is Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake chip based on the 10nm ESF process node. It has a total of 6 cores and 12 threads, based on the Golden Cove P-Core architecture. With clock speeds of 4.4 GHz, and a TDP of 65W (base) and 117W (boost), this becomes a great catch. The CPU comes as part of a bundle offer paired with Intel’s Laminar R1 series CPU cooler.
At this point, the Intel Core i5-12400F has been priced at 149.99 USD which is 25 USD lesser than the original price of 179.99 USD. You can get this discount through Newegg’s Promo code of FTPBU8562. This, however, is not the cheapest option for a 6-core CPU in the market. If you are looking for something even more affordable, you can always check out the AMD Ryzen 5 5500 which is available for 138.18 USD. There is also the Ryzen 5 5600X which is available for 174.99 USD.