Alder Lake i5-12400 could be the inexpensive gaming CPU

Alder Lake i5-12400 could be the inexpensive gaming CPU

Tech Highlights:

  • In Cinebench, the Core i5-12400 outperformed every Ryzen 5000 chip in single-core performance, and it outperformed the six-core Ryzen 5 5600X by a wide margin. This is consistent with other Alder Lake Cinebench findings we’ve observed. That’s not to mention the pricing difference: the Ryzen 5 5600X costs $300, while the Core i5-12400 is expected to cost around $200.

  • We’ve had our first glimpse at how some of Intel’s forthcoming Alder Lake budget alternatives will function. The Core i5-12400 is said to have six cores and 12 threads, but will miss the most distinctive characteristic of Alder Lake chips, according to a leaker.

The tester used AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X as a point of comparison in CPU-Z. This CPU is two generations old at this point, and the Core i5-12400 just barely managed a lead in the multi-core test. But the Ryzen 7 2700X comes with eight cores while the Core i5-12400 is rumored to come with only six. That’s a big performance improvement.

AIDA64 is a stress testing and stability tool, and there,the tester found that the chip only drew 78.5 watts of power at 4GHz and 100% utilization. It also managed to stay under 60 degrees Celsius, though we have no way of knowing what kind of cooling the tester was using. Still, this result looks like Intel is addressing one of the biggest issues with its Rocket Lake chips by lowering heat and power consumption.

You can see how big of an improvement it is in the single-core result, where the Intel chip is almost 40% faster. Rumors suggest that the Alder Lake launch is mere weeks away, so this is probably the final design Intel is using. As always, though, it’s important to take prerelease benchmarks for what they are — unverified.

Overall, Alder Lake is shaping up to be the generational leap Intel has promised — and the Core i5-12400 doesn’t even tell the full story. Rumors suggest it will only come with the performant (P) Golden Cove cores, not the efficient (E) Gracemont ones. Chips like the Core i9-12900K will come with both, offering a boost to multithreaded workloads.

Alder Lake is almost here, and if the Core i5-12400 performs as well as these benchmarks suggest, it could become the budget gaming CPU of choice. As always, we recommend waiting until third-party reviews are up before drawing any performance conclusions. Intel has assured everyone that Alder Lake is still launching in 2021, so we’ll know how the chips perform soon enough.

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