Intel’s 12th-generation CPUs have been warmly welcomed, but currently only high-end “K” models can be purchased. The Z690 motherboard is also expensive because you need to buy both at the same time, and the 12th generation CPU is mainly limited to high-end PCs. As Intel releases more affordable 12th-generation models and cheaper H670, B660 and H610 motherboards, this is expected to change around CES.
Intel’s 11th generation series has some underrated models, especially the very affordable 6C/12T i5 11400. Its 12th-generation replacement i5 12400 looks better by providing excellent gaming performance as well as low power consumption and low temperature. With the price of 11400 as a guide, the best part is its cheapness.
The i5 12400 will only use the Golden Cove P core. It will lack the Gracemont E core. Its basic clock is 2.5 GHz, and its turbo clock is up to 4.4 GHz. It will be equipped with a basic power of 65W and a maximum turbine power of 117W. This means that it can be cooled by any kind of good cooler, which is different from high-end models that require very good cooling.
When we wait for the 12400 release, Leaker The results of engineering samples have been shown. Igor’s lab shows the full “review” By adopting 12600K and setting it in BIOS to simulate i5 12400. Overall, the results show that lower-level Intel CPUs will definitely provide you with excellent performance.
However, it is important to note that the benchmark CPU is not the actual i5 12400, but 12600K (with more L3 cache), and its E core, clock, and power limits are set to analog 12400, so be careful with the resulting salt.
“12400” can match Ryzen 5600X in many situations and has excellent energy efficiency. It also shows that it can match i7 11700K. Igor’s laboratory uses the MSI 6900 XT for testing, so it is clear that the 12400 will be equally happy to power systems with entry-level GPUs, all the way to high-end GPUs, providing minimal bottlenecks.
The best part of the 12400 is its price. The price of the 11400 is less than $200 (£175, AU$279), and the price of the 11400F without IGP is even lower, so it is expected that the 12400 will eventually be about the same. With the performance and energy efficiency provided, at this price, the 12400 may seem to be the king of budget CPUs. By 2022, the affordable end of the CPU market, or at least its early days, looks set to be dominated by Intel.