The Core i5 12400F is an amazingly stellar gaming CPU that delivers the power of Intel’s new Alder Lake architecture in a simple 6-core 12-thread configuration. The CPU supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5, but it also works with cheaper DDR4 and PCIe 4.0 based hardware.
It usually costs £200, but it drops to £167 on AWD-IT, which is a pretty good deal if you want to build a powerful gaming PC on a budget.
12400F is a favorite RPS product, with James’ 12400F review claims that “even without the E-core, the Core i5 12400F is a gaming CPU bargain”. It outperformed the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X in games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Total Warhammer 2 (yes, that’s the real name of that game), Total Warthreekingdoms (also to be exact), Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus , AC Odyssey, AC Valhalla and Watch Legion of Dogs. Normally that’s a pretty close contest, but in AC Valhalla the difference is 19 fps – 98 fps on average for the 12400F and 79 fps for the 5600X.
If you want to see how the 12400F compares to your current CPU, you can run Cinebench R20 . benchmark to get a rough feel of things. The 12400F scores 4764 in the multi-core results and 643 in the single-core results, where the former is a limiting factor in many games while the multi-core results are a good indicator of content creation performance for tasks such as 3D rendering or transcoding video.
Overall, the 12400F is a strong option at £167, with the 5600X typically being more expensive at £170. If you’re interested, check out the link above, and if you have any further questions, get in touch via the comments section below!