Average Bench: 98% (93rd of 1456)

Based on 48,886 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00090672, BFEBFBFF00090675 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-12400F

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]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-12400F averaged just 1.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-12400F near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Single Core Speed 172Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 330Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12400F is just 13.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-12400F performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,178Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 81.6Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 48,886 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.9 Memory 81.6 91.1
163 1-Core 172 182
301 2-Core 330 352
104% 194 Pts
Min Avg Max
544 4-Core 614 673
908 8-Core 974 1,029
97.6% 794 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,103 64-Core 1,178 1,220
72.9% 1,178 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 177
2-Core 340
109% 203 Pts
4-Core 635
8-Core 1,033
102% 834 Pts
64-Core 1231
76% 1231 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.3
1-Core 176
2-Core 349
106% 201 Pts
4-Core 671
8-Core 997
104% 834 Pts
64-Core 1,211
75% 1,211 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 179
2-Core 344
108% 203 Pts
4-Core 586
8-Core 1,016
97% 801 Pts
64-Core 1,196
74% 1,196 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.4
1-Core 168
2-Core 313
101% 187 Pts
4-Core 573
8-Core 933
92% 753 Pts
64-Core 1,119
69% 1,119 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 71
1-Core 174
2-Core 299
97% 181 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 931
90% 741 Pts
64-Core 1,169
72% 1,169 Pts
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Gaming 101%
Desktop 103%
Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $120

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $601

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12 hrs ago.


Best affordable CPU on the market—Jul '22


Cheap and powerful. You have the ability to upgrade all the way to the 13900k if you have a good motherboard—Jan '23


22 hrs ago.

its perfect for your first gaming pc


You can consider myself an AMD fanboy but even I'm impressed with the performance for money. Its very easy to keep it cool. Paired it with a CoolerMaster 212 Black (single fan config, assisted only by chassis airflow) and I dont spike much higher than 55~60°C even while stress testing it. Very much recommendable for an Intel system.—Aug '22


21 days ago.

Pretty cool price-performance. You should definitely take it to combine with a 3060 (0% bottleneck on both 1080p and 1440p)


9 days ago.

It is an insane 6 core CPU and it handles all of my rendering,editing and gaming task with ease and it is better than many cpus I have tested so far


3 months ago.

i really want to find this thnks :)


5 months ago.

Really good price to power radius


2 years ago.


8 months ago.

for my is the best in all the world for always


3 months ago.

At its price range it's a screamer, but if you have more money to burn you might as well go for the 12600KF as it will age better overall, and higher clock speeds are always nice. :D


2 years ago.

Best gaming CPU in 2022. Try to get a good deal on a B660 board and you're golden.


1 month ago.

Amazing value for money.


16 months ago.

its super chill for gaming


2 years ago.

Outstanding Value!


2 years ago.

Just benched 108% on this CPU with the stock cooler, incredible value!

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Benchmark at 108%


5 months ago.

Cool price-to-performance. To combine with 3060.

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