What does the processor ranking say about Core i5-12400F

Recently, we had the opportunity to test the Intel Core i5-12400 processor, one of the most anticipated models among players.

What does the processor ranking say about Core i5-12400F

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Recently, we had the opportunity to test the Intel Core i5-12400 processor, one of the most anticipated models among players. How does the new model fall out? The processor ranking leaves no doubt.

What does Intel Core i5-12400 offer?

The Core i5-12400 is a model from the latest generation of Intel Alder Lake-S - we are dealing with a mid-range offer that should be of interest to people who make cheaper gaming sets.

The unit offers 6 cores / 12 threads (in this case only high-performance P-Core cores were used), as well as a 7.5 MB L2 cache, 18 MB L3 cache, and a dual-channel DDR4-3200 and DDR5-4800 memory controller.

It is also worth paying attention to the graphic layout. The regular Core i5-12400 model was equipped with integrated UHD 730 graphics (24 EU units), while the twin Core i5-12400F was deprived of it (which means that it must be combined with graphics card).

ModelIntel Core i5-12400FIntel Core i5-12400Intel Core i5-12500AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
Generation
Architecture
Lithography
Alder Lake-S
Golden Cove
Intel 7
Alder Lake-S
Golden Cove
Intel 7
Alder Lake-S
Golden Cove
Intel 7
Cezanne
Zen 3
TSMC 7 nm
StandLGA 1700LGA 1700LGA 1700AM4
Cores / threads6/12
(6/12 P-Core + 0/0 E-Core)
6/12
(6/12 P-Core + 0/0 E-Core)
6/12
(6/12 P-Core + 0/0 E-Core)
6/12
Timing / Boost2,5/4,4 GHz2,5/4,4 GHz3,0/4,6 GHz3,9/4,4 GHz
L2 memory6x 1,25 MB6x 1,25 MB6x 1,25 MB6x 512 KB
L3 memory18 MB18 MB18 MB16 MB
RAM controllerDDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800
(dual channel)
DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800
(dual channel)
DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800
(dual channel)
DDR4-3200
(dual channel)
Integrated graphics-UHD Graphics 730
24 EU (300 - 1450 MHz)
UHD Graphics 770
32 EU (300 - 1450 MHz)
Radeon Vega 7
7 CU (1900 MHz)
PCI-Express controller16x PCI-Express 5.0
4x PCI-Express 4.0
16x PCI-Express 5.0
4x PCI-Express 4.0
16x PCI-Express 5.0
4x PCI-Express 4.0
16x PCI-Express 3.0
Unlocked multiplierNONONOSO
TDP
(Maximum Power Limit)
65 W
(117 W)
65 W
(117 W)
65 W
(117 W)
65 W
(88 W)
price$ 220$ 200$ 270$ 260

The Core i5-12400 and 12400F have a TDP of 65 W, and the maximum power limit is 117 W. The processors are compatible with motherboards with an LGA 1700 socket.

How does the Core i5-12400 fare?

Core i5-12400 (F) in typical processor applications offers similar performance to the Core i5-11600K (F) model or the competing Ryzen 5 5600G. Our testing, however, showed significantly better gaming performance.

However, when assessing the capabilities of the processor, it is worth considering the price of the processor and the entire computer. The new i5 is a bit cheaper than Ryzen, but you need to buy a more expensive motherboard for it (good models with the B660 chipset start at around $ 150). In total, the cost of the entire platform looks similar.

Core i5-12400 is a great option for people who build an inexpensive gaming computer - in our opinion, it is currently the best processor for around $ 250. For some, a cheaper model without integrated graphics may be a more interesting proposition, which you can buy more or less "a hundred" cheaper.