Average Bench: 98.3% (71st of 1420)

Based on 32,972 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 1.7% 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 329Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12400F is just 12%. 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 1,181Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 82.5Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 32,972 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.3 Memory 82.5 90.9
163 1-Core 172 181
299 2-Core 329 352
104% 195 Pts
Min Avg Max
549 4-Core 611 672
914 8-Core 970 1,031
97.2% 791 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,118 64-Core 1,181 1,224
73.1% 1,181 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 174
2-Core 314
103% 190 Pts
4-Core 602
8-Core 990
97% 796 Pts
64-Core 1,168
72% 1,168 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.4
1-Core 166
2-Core 320
98% 186 Pts
4-Core 642
8-Core 880
96% 761 Pts
64-Core 1,190
74% 1,190 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.7
1-Core 166
2-Core 313
101% 187 Pts
4-Core 540
8-Core 938
89% 739 Pts
64-Core 1,143
71% 1,143 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.7
1-Core 164
2-Core 310
95% 181 Pts
4-Core 546
8-Core 934
90% 740 Pts
64-Core 1,145
71% 1,145 Pts
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Desktop 104%
Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $110

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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8 days 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


2 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


6 months ago.

Really good price to power radius


20 months ago.


1 day ago.

for my is the best in all the world for always


18 months ago.

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


7 months ago.

its super chill for gaming


20 months ago.

Outstanding Value!


17 months ago.

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

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