Average Bench: 98% (45th of 1363)

Based on 14,475 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 175Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 334Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12400F is just 16.1%. 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 1,196Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 81.4Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 14,475 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.9 Memory 81.4 91.5
167 1-Core 175 185
304 2-Core 334 362
105% 197 Pts
Min Avg Max
539 4-Core 616 680
929 8-Core 978 1,041
98% 797 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,085 64-Core 1,196 1,240
74% 1,196 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.6
1-Core 172
2-Core 328
106% 197 Pts
4-Core 608
8-Core 980
97% 794 Pts
64-Core 1,227
76% 1,227 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.8
1-Core 167
2-Core 332
104% 195 Pts
4-Core 604
8-Core 967
96% 785 Pts
64-Core 1,190
74% 1,190 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 77
1-Core 176
2-Core 330
103% 194 Pts
4-Core 582
8-Core 986
95% 784 Pts
64-Core 1,217
75% 1,217 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.4
1-Core 159
2-Core 299
97% 180 Pts
4-Core 532
8-Core 893
87% 712 Pts
64-Core 1,076
67% 1,076 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $180 @ launch in Jan '22
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Desktop 104%
Workstation 94%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $109

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $817

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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Best affordable CPU on the market—Jul '22


1 day ago.


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


2 months ago.

Really good price to power radius


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6 months ago.

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


8 months ago.

Outstanding Value!


5 months ago.

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

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