Average Bench: 98.4% (54th of 1385)

Based on 17,307 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 1.6% 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 331Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-12400F is just 14.7%. 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 1,177Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 82.3Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 17,307 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.5 Memory 82.3 91.6
164 1-Core 172 181
305 2-Core 331 351
104% 195 Pts
Min Avg Max
539 4-Core 614 672
922 8-Core 969 1,021
97.4% 792 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,089 64-Core 1,177 1,220
72.8% 1,177 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 93.5
1-Core 176
2-Core 346
110% 205 Pts
4-Core 672
8-Core 1,022
105% 847 Pts
64-Core 1,173
73% 1,173 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz
Memory 89.4
1-Core 184
2-Core 343
110% 205 Pts
4-Core 673
8-Core 960
102% 816 Pts
64-Core 1,173
73% 1,173 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.5
1-Core 175
2-Core 347
108% 203 Pts
4-Core 646
8-Core 1,002
102% 824 Pts
64-Core 1,218
75% 1,218 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.1
1-Core 169
2-Core 343
104% 197 Pts
4-Core 594
8-Core 999
97% 797 Pts
64-Core 1,187
73% 1,187 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.9
1-Core 97.3
2-Core 308
83% 161 Pts
4-Core 606
8-Core 821
90% 713 Pts
64-Core 1,171
72% 1,171 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $180 @ launch in Jan '22
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Gaming 102%
Desktop 104%
Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $120

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $755

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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2 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


6 days 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


10 days ago.

Its such a good multitasking processor


6 months ago.

Really good price to power radius


16 days ago.

Idk.. Decent but lowkey prefer aftermarket Ryzen for much cheaper


12 months ago.


3 months ago.

for my is the best in all the world for always


10 months ago.

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


12 months ago.

Outstanding Value!


9 months ago.

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

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