Intel just launched its flagship Alder Lake-S processors, but we’re yet to see the non-K budget offerings. The most interesting SKU from that bunch is the Core i5-12400F. Most of the Core i5-x400 parts have sold extremely well in the past, often topping the charts on Amazon, Newegg, Mindfactory, and other popular retailers across the world. Going by benchmarks shared by Comptoir Hardware, the 12400F looks to continue that legacy and then some:
Priced at around $200, the Core i5-12400F manages to beat the $300 Ryzen 5 5600X across the board, in both single-threaded as well as multi-threaded workloads.
The only test where the 5600X is notably faster than the 12400F is H264 encoding where the former completes the task four seconds before the latter. Going by the gaming performance of the just-released Alder Lake parts, it’d say that the 12400F is almost certainly going to perform very close to the 5600X in most titles, if not outright beat it. The price, power, and availability of this part are set to make it a hit amongst mainstream users.