Intel’s China-Exclusive Core i5-12490F ‘Black Edition’ Alder Lake CPU Is Faster Than The Core i7-11700 8 Core Chip

Hassan Mujtaba
Intel's China-Exclusive Core i5-12490F 'Black Edition' Alder Lake CPU Is Faster Than The Core i7-11700 8 Core Chip

It's been a few days since the Intel Core i5-12490P Alder Lake CPU has shown up which aims to be a better spec'd Core i5-12500F but with the hybrid die.

Intel's Core i5-12490P 'Black Edition' Alder Lake CPU Is China-Exclusive, 6 Core Alder Lake Faster Than 8 Core Rocket Lake

The Intel Core i5-12490P is a special Alder Lake chip that's been designed and sold exclusively to China. It features the C0 die which is the same used by all hybrid chips except the 12490P comes without hybrid cores. It packs 6 Golden Cove cores and 12 threads. The CPU being an F variant is excluded from iGPU support so the Xe-LP graphics that you'd otherwise find on the non-F chips is not there.

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In terms of clock speeds, the chip retains the same clocks as the Core i5-12500 at a 3.0 GHz base and 4.6 GHz boost. One major difference however is the cache. The Intel Core i5-12490P rocks a 20 MB L3 cache compared to 19 MB on the Core i5-12500. Other than that, it features up to 128 GB memory support, 65W base TDP, and a 117W maximum turbo power rating.

In terms of performance, the Intel Core i5-12490P Alder Lake CPU scored up to 1825 points in the single-core and 8929 points in the multi-core benchmark of Geekbench 5. That's 10% multi-thread performance compared to the 6 core AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, 6% faster performance than the 8 core Intel Core i7-11700F and nearly matching the Core i9-11900F. In single-threaded tests, the CPU is faster than all three chips mentioned above.


It should definitely be noted that the extra cache could make for an interesting SKU for the gaming segment where consumers are looking for higher performance. The extra 1 MB of cache could lead to slightly better FPS and performance stability in games though for now, the chip is priced around 100 RMB more than the Core i5-12400 at 1620 RMB or $250 US.

This is a fairly good price but it also comes close to the Core i5-12600KF which has an MSRP of around $270 US. In my opinion, if you can find the 12600KF at that price, then it's a no-brainer otherwise if there's a $50 US+ difference in the prices between the two chips, then the Core i5-12490P Black Edition CPU is a decent option but it still doesn't beat the performance/$ value of the Core i5-12400 which is an absolutely fantastic chip for budget gamers as we noted in our review.

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPU Specs

CPU NameP-Core CountE-Core CountTotal Core / ThreadP-Core Base / Boost (Max)P-Core Boost (All-Core)E-Core Base / BoostE-Core Boost (All-Core)L3 CacheTDP (PL1)TDP (PL2)Expected (MSRP) Price
Core i9-12900KS8816 / 243.4 / 5.5 GHz5.2 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB150W260W$739 US
Core i9-12900K8816 / 243.2 / 5.2 GHz5.0 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB125W241W$599 US
Core i9-129008816 / 242.4 / 5.1 GHzTBA1.8 / 3.8 GHzTBA30 MB65W202W$489 US
$464 US (F)
Core i9-12900T8816 / 241.4 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.6 GHzTBA30 MB35W106W$489 US
Core i7-12700K8412 / 203.6 / 5.0 GHz4.7 GHz2.7 / 3.8 GHz3.6 GHz25 MB125W190W$419 US
Core i7-127008412 / 202.1 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.6 / 3.6 GHzTBA25 MB65W180W$339 US
$314 US (F)
Core i7-12700T8412 / 201.4 / 4.7 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.4 GHzTBA25 MB35W99W$339 US
Core i5-12600K6410 / 163.7 / 4.9 GHz4.5 GHz2.8 / 3.6 GHz3.4 GHz20 MB125W150W$299 US
Core i5-12600606 / 123.3 / 4.8 GHz4.4 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$223 US
Core i5-12600T606 / 122.1 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W74W$223 US
Core i5-12490P606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A20 MB65W74W~$250 US
Core i5-12500606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$202 US
Core i5-12500T606 / 122.0 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$202 US
Core i5-12400606 / 122.5 / 4.4 GHz4.0 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$192 US
$167 US (F)
Core i5-12400T606 / 121.8 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$192 US
Core i3-12300404 / 83.5 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W89W$143 US
Core i3-12300T404 / 82.3 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$143 US
Core i3-12100404 / 83.3 / 4.3 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W
58W (F)
89W$122 US
$97 US (F)
Core i3-12100T404 / 82.2 / 4.1 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$122 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400202 / 43.7 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB46WN/A$64 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400T202 / 43.1 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB35WN/A$64 US
Intel Celeron G6900202 / 23.4 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB46WN/A$42 US
Intel Celeron G6900T202 / 22.8 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB35WN/A$42 US

News Sources: Benchleaks, HXL

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