Rumor mill: Intel’s Alder Lake desktop processors are not yet available, but that doesn’t stop the leaders from spoiling any surprises Team Blue may have in store, especially when it comes to 12th Gen budget offerings. So far, most of the leaks have been with the flagship Core i9-12900K processor, which could be a serious competitor to AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X, but it looks like Alder Lake could be competitive in multiple price points.
If new a leak from user Bilibili, the upcoming Intel Core i5-12400 processor will also provide a compelling alternative to existing low-cost options such as the Core i5-10400F or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X processors. Notably, the Core i5-12400 doesn’t use the big.LITTLE configuration of the more expensive Alder Lake components – instead, it’s a six-core 12-thread processor that’s only powered by Golden Cove cores.
The new processor will have 18 megabytes of L3 cache (three megabytes per core) and a base frequency of 2.5 GHz. When it comes to overclocking, the Core i5-12400 seems to hit 4.0GHz on all cores, or up to 4.4GHz in workloads involving just one core. Interestingly, the leaky engineering sample does not require more than 78.5 watts at full load and will be able to stay relatively cool. The leak said they were able to maintain a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius during stress testing using the air cooler they had.
In terms of performance, the Core i5-12400 scored 681.7 points in the single-core CPU-Z test and 4983.8 points in the multi-core test. These results are better than its predecessor, which was able to score only about 530 points in the single-core test and 4000 points in the multi-core test. The Alder Lake portion is also better than the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5600X, with the latter scoring 630 in the single-core test and 4871 in the multi-core test.
The leak also includes a screenshot of the Cinebench R20 benchmark results, where we can see that the Core i5-12400 scored 659 points in the single-core test – slightly higher than the Core i9-11900K, which is Intel’s flagship Rocket Lake processor. This score is also higher than the Ryzen 9 5950X, which can only score around 640 points without overclocking. As you would expect, the Core i5-12400 managed to outperform its predecessor in the multi-core test, scoring 4784 points against the 3954 for the Core i5-11400F. However, it also outperforms the Core i5-11600K and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processors.
As always, take these results with a healthy serving of salt. However, if Intel is able to offer a sub- $ 200 six-core Alder Lake processor that can outperform our current recommendation in the low-end segment, it will boost the credibility of CEO Pat Gelsinger’s recent announcement that AMD performance is leading the way in desktop space. towards the end with the arrival of the Alder Lake family. A little time will pass, and we will be able to verify this statement.