Intel Core i5-12400F CPU Offers Same Performance As AMD Ryzen 5 5600X But In Half The Price

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.

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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.

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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.

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Via Comptoir Hardware