Punchy Intel Core i5-12400F knocks out the Ryzen 5 5600X and i9-11900K in single-thread benchmark
The Intel Core i5-12400F has been discovered on CPU-Z Validator by noted data-miner APISAK. The upcoming entry-level Alder Lake processor demonstrated Intel’s well-known strength in single-thread and single-core processing performance by producing a huge single-thread score of 702 points. According to the entry page for the i5-12400F, the peak frequency for all of its six cores was 3,990.24 MHz, while a maximum TDP of 65 W was also recorded.
This is quite a demonstration from the i5-12400F, as it easily knocks out the likely fierce rival AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (624 points; -11.11%). This latter Zen 3 chip has been a popular choice with PC builders due to its excellent combination of affordability and performance. The Vermeer desktop CPU also has 6 cores and 12 threads, and it is listed with a reported 65 W TDP, so it’s easy to see why it has been picked as a most-probable competitor to the Intel Core i5-12400F.
The single-thread score of the 6-core Alder Lake chip is high enough to also beat out the Ryzen 9 5900X (648 points) and the Intel Core i9-11900K (682 points). The multi-thread score ends up being 4,988 points, which is decent enough to place the Intel Core i5-12400F just behind the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (4,994 points) in the CPU-Z Validator chart for chips with 12-thread capability. Once again, the Ryzen 5 5600X lags behind, but it is closer this time on 4,811 points (-3.55%).
If Intel markets the i5-12400F at a very competitive price, with under US$200 frequently being mentioned, it could add to the apparent reversal of fortune that Team Blue has seemingly enjoyed so far with Alder Lake’s release. It’s widely expected that AMD’s Raphael generation will wipe the floor with anything Intel has at the moment, but it’s good that Team Red can be pushed into working harder rather than resting on Vermeer’s laurels for too long.