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Intel Core i5-12400 Overclocked to 5GHz on $179 B760 Board: Nearly as Fast as the i5-13600K [Report]

Intel is prepping the launch of its budget 13th Gen Core offerings. You can expect increased “E” core counts, faster memory speeds, and higher core clocks like their higher-end siblings. The Core i5-13400F, in particular, will be the chip to watch out for. At a sub-$200 price point, you’re looking at a 10-core part with 6 Raptor Lake “P” cores and 4 Gracemont “E” cores. That’s essentially the same as the 12th Gen Core i5-12600K at lower clocks.

We’ve already gotten an idea about the BLCK overclocking abilities of the budget B760 chipsets. Using external clock generators, board partners have been able to overclock the Core i5-12400 to a mighty 5GHz. In comparison, the i5-12600K boosted to “only” 4.9GHz on the fastest core.

The Core i5-12400 was paired with the MSI MAG B760M Mortar Max WiFi, and the BLCK was increased by 25MHz to 125MHz. This results in an effective boost clock of 5GHz, up from the 4.4GHz stock peak. On Twitter, @g01d3nm4ng0 has shared the gaming performance figures of the Core i5-12400 with these tweaks, and it looks incredible.

The $170 Core i5-12400 manages to beat its successor, the i5-13400, in every title while also catching up to the more expensive i5-13600K across most games. This means that Intel will soon have a sub-$200 chip on the market that beats every Ryzen 7000 CPU at almost half the price. You can only guess what the i5-13400 will do once overclocked to its limits.

i5-12400 OC 5GHz faster than i5-13400. Close to i5-13600K in some games.🧐🧐

Originally tweeted by chi11eddog (@g01d3nm4ng0) on December 31, 2022.

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