While Intel’s newly launched Alder Lake-S processors are impressive in their own right, they have failed to beat AMD’s Ryzen 5000 offerings in terms of sales and popularity. Much of this boils down to supply and the troubles of upgrading to a brand new platform with a new memory standard (DDR5). As a result of this, Z690 motherboards and the Core i9-12900K have been witnessing luke-warm sales despite offering better gaming and single-threaded performance than any other CPU on the market.
This trend should change with the launch of the Core i5-12400, 12400F, 12600, and the rest of the non-K SKUs along with the H610/B660 boards. A benchmark of the Core i5-12400 indicates that the budget Core i5 part will be a killer chip in the sub-$300 market. With an expected price of just ~$200, the Core i5-12400 performs nearly on par with the $300 Ryzen 5 5600X. This is despite the fact that the latter is paired with a much faster 4,000MHz memory kit compared to a 2,400MHz SKU for the former. With identical memory, the two should be on par with one another in pretty much every workload, with the Core i5 winning in gaming and other single-threaded applications.