Rumor: Intel's Alder Lake desktop processors aren't there yet, but that doesn't mean the whistleblower will ruin any surprises the Blue Team expects, especially when it comes to 12th-gen budgets. So far, most of the leaks have been for the Core i9-12900K main CPU, which could be a serious competitor to AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X, but it looks like Alder Lake can be priced competitively at several points.
In the event of a new leak from a Bilibili user, the Intel Core i5-12400 processor is also a compelling alternative to existing options such as the Core i5-10400F or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 .5600 X processors. It is worth noting that the Core i5-12400 is a great configuration. LITTLE doesn't use high-end Alder Lake components - it's instead a 6-core, 12-core CPU with only Golden Cove cores.
The new CPU comes with 18 MB of L3 cache (three MB per core) and a base clock of 2.5 GHz. When it comes to clock amplification, the Core i5-12400 seems to hit 4.0 GHz on all cores or as high as 4.4 GHz on a workload connecting just one core. Interestingly, the engineering sample requires no more than 78.5 watts at full load leakage and can remain relatively cool. The leaker said they could keep it at 60 degrees Celsius during a stress test with an air conditioner they put around it. CPU-Z and 4983.8 points in the multi-core test. These results are better than its predecessor, which can only score about 530 points in the single-core test and 4,000 points in the multi-core test. The Alder Lake portion is better than both the Ryzen 5 3600 and the Ryzen 5 5600X, the latter scoring 630 points in the single-core test and 4,871 points in the multi-core test.
The leak also includes a screenshot of the results of the Cinebench R20 test, which shows that the Core i5-12400 scored 659 points in the single-core test — slightly higher than the Core i9-11900K, Intel's flagship Rocket Lake CPU. This score is also higher than the Ryzen 9 5950X, which can only score around 640 points without overclocking. As you'd expect, the Core i5-12400 could do better in the multi-core test with its former taste, with 4,784 points versus the Core i5-11400F's 3,954 points. However, it also outperforms the Core i5-11600K and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPUs.
As always, get these results with healthy salt. It's said that if Intel can offer an Alder Lake 6-core CPU for under $200 that can offer our current best value advice, it's a recent claim by CEO Pat Gelsinger that AMD's performance in this area is cutting edge. Desktop space ends with the arrival of the Alder Lake family. It won't be long before we can test this claim.
Intel Core i5-12400 Alder Lake model improves on AMD Ryzen 5 5600X benchmarks leaked from AMD