IntelBX80684I79700K
IntelBX8071512400F

8 Cores, 8 Threads @3.6GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 599,719 user samples
550,833 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 82% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 82% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 104th / 1457
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 89%
Aircraft carrier
48,886 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 92% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 92% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 93rd / 1457
Gaming
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 101%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 92%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
96.9 % 98 % +1%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
90.9 Pts Lower memory latency.
+11%
81.6 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Speed
140 Pts 172 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+23%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Speed
279 Pts 330 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+18%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Speed
552 Pts 614 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+11%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Speed
964 Pts 974 Pts +1%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.6 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+6%
91.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Speed
155 Pts 182 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+17%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Speed
309 Pts 352 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+14%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Speed
618 Pts 673 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+9%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Speed
1123 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+9%
1029 Pts
Market Share
Based on 68,224,980 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.72 % 2.05 % Higher market share.
+19%
Value
Value For Money
101 % 126 % Better value.
+25%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
93 % 96 % +3%
Price
Price (score)
$235 $110 Much cheaper.
+53%
Age
Newest
68 Months 30 Months Much more recent.
+56%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores Much higher core count.
+33%
6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 10 nm Newer manufacturing.
+29%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz Much faster base frequency.
+44%
2.5 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.9 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+11%
4.4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Speed
1145 Pts 1220 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+7%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1001 Pts 1178 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+18%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Alder Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1700
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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Intel’s Alder Lake i5-12400F offers six hyper-threaded performance cores at an MSRP of just $180 USD. This represents excellent value for consumers and, in particular, gamers. It has a boost frequency of 4.4 GHz, 18 MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 65W. The F-version of the CPU does not have integrated graphics, however this will be of little concern to gamers with discrete GPUs. Whilst Intel’s overclockable i5-12600K has four additional efficiency cores and offers around 12% more performance than the 12400F, it also costs around 50% more. The 12400F offers great value, but to achieve optimal performance the requisite B660 motherboard (which supports 3200+ RAM) is, at least for now, difficult to find at reasonable ($150 USD) prices. AMD’s top value hex-core Ryzen 5 5600X offers similar performance for 50% more money. Despite Intel’s price / performance lead, AMD’s prolific marketers (forums, youtube, reddit etc.) have historically outsold Intel whilst carrying a similar handicap. [Jan '22 CPUPro]

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