6 Cores, 12 Threads @2.5GHz, Alder Lake.
Release date: Q1 2022.


4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.10 GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 19,497 user samples
17,352 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 91% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 91% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 83rd / 1439
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 101%
Workstation 92%
Nuclear submarine
2,145 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 79% Base clock 3.1 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 48% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 48% Great: 79%
SPEED RANK: 376th / 1439
Gaming 71%
Desktop 74%
Workstation 53%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
98.2 % Much faster effective speed.
71.1 %
Avg. Memory Latency
80.7 Pts 81.7 Pts +1%
Avg. Single Core Speed
173 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
93.2 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
331 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
185 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
621 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
350 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
973 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
355 Pts
OC Memory Latency
90.4 Pts 91.7 Pts +1%
OC Single Core Speed
182 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
101 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
353 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
201 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
673 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
399 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
1039 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
399 Pts
Market Share
Based on 67,313,772 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.39 % Insanely higher market share.
0.01 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
93 % Hugely more popular.
51 %
25 Months Much more recent.
68+ Months
OC Multi Core Speed
1221 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
397 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1176 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
357 Pts

I originally wanted an i5-12600 but unfortunately, it was not available so I settled for a 12400. It's really affordable and the performance is great. [Nov '22 arvinjason]


It's still a decent dual core CPU that could crush daily tasks like web browsing and word processing. According to Microsoft, it can meet the system requirements for Windows 11 so this can be a cheaper way to have something that officially supports Windows 11. It is also very power efficient with a TDP of only 25 watts so you could throw this in a mini-PC or a PC with a smaller power supply for a basic build. It can probably run Minecraft at a playable 20-30 FPS. This CPU is still pretty basic and slow, but a huge step up from the Pentium. [May '23 AsianPCGeek]


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