Intel Core i5-12400F Alder Lake CPU Slays The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X In Latest Benchmarks, Faster Than i7-11700K In Gaming

Hassan Mujtaba

New benchmarks of Intel's Alder Lake Core i5-12400F Desktop CPU have popped up online which shows it faster than AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X in gaming and synthetic benchmarks.

Intel's Sub-$200 US Core i5-12400F Crushes AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X In Leaked Benchmarks, Faster Than The i7-11700K Too

Update: Igor's Lab has posted the first in-depth gaming benchmarks of the Core i5-12400 CPU (that was simulated through Intel Core i5-12600K) with DDR4 memory and the performance against the Ryzen 5 5600X looks amazing at its expected price. Check out Igor's full review here!

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Intel Core i5-12400 Alder Lake Gaming Performance Power & Performance Efficiency (Image Credits: Igor's Lab):

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The Intel Core i5-12400 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.

The new benchmarks were leaked by a content creator at Bilibili who got access to the QS variant of the chip. The motherboard used was an OEM B660M-N D4 which supports DDR4 memory and overclocking too. 16 GB DDR4-3200 memory along with an RTX 3070 were part of the test system.

In terms of performance, the Intel Core i5-12400F is compared against the Core i7-11700K, Core i5-11400F, and the Ryzen 5 5600X. The chip beats all CPUs in terms of single-core performance within CPU-z and is faster than the 5600X and 11400F in multi-threaded tests. It only loses out to the Core i7-11700K which rocks a much higher clock speed and more threads (12 vs 16). Same is the case in the Cinebench R23 benchmark where the little i5-12400F chip is 19% faster in multi-threaded & 11 percent faster in single-threaded tests. In the TimeSpy CPU score, the Intel i5-12400F is around 13 percent faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X.

Intel Core i5-12400F CPU Synthetic Benchmarks:

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Moving over to gaming benchmarks, all CPUs were tested at 1080p. In CSGO, the i5-12400F is 4% faster, in Shadow of The Tomb Raider, the average frame rate is about on par with the Ryzen 5 & finally, we have Red Dead Redemption 2 where the chip is faster than all of the chips tested.

Intel Core i5-12400F CPU Gaming Benchmarks:

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Intel Core i5-12400F Alder Lake CPU Benchmarks:

CPU NameIntel Core i5-12500Intel Core i5-12400FAMD Ryzen 5 5600XIntel Core i7-11700KIntel Core i5-11400FVs Ryzen 5 5600X
CPU-z (ST)704684.7626.6634.4556.9+10%
CPU-z (MT)510150004621.96297.34333.4+8%
Cinebench R23 (ST)16881686151315811341+11%
Cinebench R23 (MT)126671231110357149149295+19%
3DMark Time Spy (CPU Score)899490668058122628606+13%
CSGO 1080pN/A546523476428+4%
RDR2 1080PN/A153145147140+6%
SOTR 1080PN/A167171184134-5%

The Intel Core i5-12400F has already been reported to operate at 60C maximum temperatures at full load while consuming under 80 Watts of power. This means that the Alder Lake i5 chip is a tad bit more efficient than AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X Zen 3 chip. Aside from that, the Core i5-12400 is going to cost under $200 US, & competing with a Ryzen chip that costs 50% more is just incredible value. The chip would make for an excellent budget build when paired with several inexpensive 600-series motherboards that are launching next month (with DDR5 and DDR4 memory support).

Update: Another content creator has also published performance benchmarks of the Intel Core i5-12500 which you can see below. Once again, the i5-12500 seems to run around 60C while sipping an average of 70 Watts (80W maximum power consumption at full load).

Previous benchmarks have also shown the Core i5-12400 to offer similar or even better performance than the Ryzen 5 5600X at the same power consumption so overall, the little i5 is aiming to be a budget PC builders dream with the 12600K(F) being the mainstream king. Intel has really nailed the mainstream and budget segment this time and we can't wait to see how AMD will respond to them and if a price cut or 3D V-Cache will be enough to compete with the blue team's offerings.

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
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