A French technology website, Comptoir Hardware, has just leaked information about a non-K series Intel Alder Lake CPU.
The CPU, Intel Core i5-12400F, offers six cores and six threads. It is considered as a mid-tier CPU, offering a Base Frequency Power (the new term created by Intel to replace TDP) of 65W. The CPU is not expected to launch until the start of 2022.
MSI has spilled the beans that the Intel i5-12400F possesses a “new smaller die with only 6 Golden Cove/Performance cores present and no Gracemont/Atom/Efficient cores at all.”
It seems the Core i5-12400F is the first of the non-K CPUs to be completely tested before the announcement date. The CPU is speculated to be a pre-release qualification sample.
According to Comptoir Hardware, the motherboard used for testing was set specifically to 117W for its power limit and was tested in a Microsoft Windows 11 environment. It is assumed that the 117W value could be the PL2 (Maximum Turbo Power) level or maybe a specific feature from the reviewed sample. The actual frequency of the CPU tested is still not known.
The Intel Core i5-12400F is showing a competitive edge in comparison with AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X. The latter also possesses 6 cores and 12 threads on its CPU. The biggest distinction among the two CPUs is that Intel’s version will be cheaper than the AMD version (the Rocket Lake-S by Intel was around $157, which is half of the cost of AMD Ryzen 5 5600X). Both CPUs give good performance when used for gaming. Actually, the biggest factor between the two CPUs is power consumption.