A couple benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming budget SKU (via: HXL), the Core i5-12400 have surfaced. These tests show the 12400 beating the Ryzen competition and Intel’s own mid-range offerings by at least 10% despite costing less (~$200). The Core i5-12400 features “only” six Golden Cove cores and no efficiency cores. It is expected to have a single-core boost of 4.4GHz, and an all-core boost of 4GHz. These six GC cores will be paired with 18 MB of 9-way L3 cache.
In Cinebench R20, the Core i5-12400 manages to beat all sub-$350 SKUs, including the Ryzen 5 5600X, Core i5-11600K as well as the Ryzen 7 3700X in single-threaded workloads. In the multi-threaded scene, it’s nearly on par with the eight-core Ryzen 7 3700X while edging past both the 5600X and the 11600K.
The processor exhibits similar performance in CPU-Z beating the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X in the multi-threaded benchmark, and completely obliterating it in the single-threaded test. Going by these scores, the 12400 is going to be an excellent budget CPU, possibly the best Intel has ever made. With a price tag of $200-250, it should appeal to the vast majority of the PC gaming crowd where quad and hex-core CPUs dominate.