Intel Core i5-12400F Alder Lake ‘Budget-King’ CPU On Sale For $222 US, Listed Online & Comes With Boxed Cooler

Hassan Mujtaba

Intel's budget-friendly, Core i5-12400F, Alder Lake Desktop CPU has gone on sale in Peru, and even in the early listing, it costs nearly 50% less than the 12600K & 5600X.

Intel Core i5-12400F Is The Must-Have Alder Lake CPU For Budget Gamers! Comes At Around $200 US & With Boxed Cooler

The Intel Core i5-12400F is going to be the most entry-level chip within the Alder Lake Core i5 CPU segment. It will rock 6 cores, 12 threads and rely only on Golden Cove (P-Cores). There will be no Gracemont cores on the 12400. Additionally, it will rock a base clock of 2.5 GHz and boost all the way up to 4.4 GHz (4.0 GHz all-core). The CPU has a base TDP of 65W but the maximum wattage should be between 100-150W. Well, not actually 150 since that's what the Core i5-12600K, the top Core i5 unlocked chip features but we would only know once we get to test the chip.

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As for the listing itself, in Peru (as reported by XanxoGaming), the Intel Core i5-12400F is being sold for 899 Sols which converts to $222 US. This pricing is with an 18% VAT included, take that out and you get $181 US which is the price most will be getting for the chip. You can expect an even lower price when the CPU officially launches. At this price, the Core i5-12400F is roughly 50% cheaper vs the Core i5-12600K and Ryzen 5 5600X, making it a very strong offering within the budget gaming segment where AMD currently has no Zen 3 chip other than some older Zen 2 parts being sold at discounted prices.

We have already seen benchmarks of the 12400F and it beats the 5600X & the Core i7-11700K in gaming while getting some wins in the multi-threaded segment too. The processor does it while consuming less power than AMD's Zen 3 CPUs and also running slightly cooler.

The CPU will come with the new Intel boxed cooler which features a fancy new design and is fully compliant with the LGA 1700 socket. The new Laminar series 'RM1' design is specifically designed for the Core i5 65W CPUs to expect stable operation. Aside from that, Intel will also debut its H670, B660, and H610 motherboards at CES 2022 which will bring the price of the Alder Lake further down & will carry both DDR5/DDR4 memory support.

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 Source: Videocardz

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