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Core i5-12400 Gets Within Sniffing Distance of AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X In Adobe Premiere

Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake Processor
Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake Processor (Image credit: Intel)

Hardware detective Tum_Apisak has dug up new benchmarks for Intel's forthcoming Core i5-12400.  It's an unreleased chip, but a eBay seller recently put the hexa-core Alder Lake processor up for purchase for $364.77.

It's not the first time that the Core i5-12400 is making rounds in the hardware circles. Last month, a Bilibili user shared some Core i5-12400 benchmarks where the chip was putting up some very strong performance. On this occasion, we get to see the Core i5-12400 go up against the Ryzen 5 5600X in Adobe Premiere Pro from the PugetBench benchmark suite.

If we put all the small leaks together, the Core i5-12400 reportedly comes equipped with six Golden Cove cores at 2.5 GHz that can boost up to 4.4 GHz. The Alder Lake processor also sports 18MB of L3 cache and a 65W PBP (Processor Base Power). The Ryzen 5 5600X, on the other hand, wields six of AMD's Zen 3 cores that operate with a 3.7 GHz base clock and 4.6 GHz boost clock. The chip has 32MB of L3 cache and a 65W TDP. The Ryzen 5 5600X lacks integrated graphics so the Core i5-12400F is a more fair comparison. However, it doesn't matter since Intel's F-series SKUs have the same level of performance as their non-F counterparts.

Intel Core i5-12400 Benchmarks

ProcessorStandard Overall ScoreStandard Export ScoreStandard Live Playback ScoreGPU Score
Ryzen 5 5600X72279.365.164.7
Core i5-1240071278.763.764.8

As with all benchmark leaks, it's useful to sprinkle some salt over them. Although Intel has likely already shipped the Core i5-12400 to OEMs, there's no way to know whether the Core i5-12400 from the benchmark is a retail sample or not. There are some details that may affect the Core i5-12400's numbers, though. For starters the Core i5-12400 was paired with DDR4-2400 memory whereas the Ryzen 5 5600X had access to faster DDR4-4000 memory. Both systems use the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and Windows 10 21H1 (19043).

Windows 11 does give Alder Lake a nice performance boost in some workloads. Our Alder Lake review shows that Alder Lake and Ryzen 5000 perform similarly in Premiere Pro regardless if it's Windows 10 or Windows 11. Therefore, we don't expect the operating system to have hindered the Core i5-12400's performance.

Overall, the Ryzen 5 5600X delivered just 1.4% more performance than the Core i5-12400. The delta is so small that it's within the margin of error. Heck, you could even argue that the Core i5-12400 might actually be faster if was running with the same DDR4-4000 memory. Unfortunately, that's something we won't know until Intel officially launches its Alder Lake non-K series processors.

  • Why_Me
    This is good news for Intel seeing how the 12400F is supposed to retail for $200 while the 5600x is going for $300 atm. Pair that up with a B660 board and a cheap set of 3200mhz RAM and you're good to go.
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  • watzupken
    Given how Intel is using E-cores to bump up the core count on their Alder Lake lineup, I feel AMD can only lower the price for each model to compete. So the Ryzen 5 should be the budget series, since AMD do not have a lower end model (other than the APU) to compete. Likewise, to fend off i5 12600 and 12700, they need to drop the Ryzen 7 5800X and 5900X to be close to the price range. From a single core perspective, the Golden Cove core is a step up from AMD's Zen 3 at this point, even though it does consume more power to get there. So in this case, I feel if AMD is able to introduce a Ryzen 5 5600 at a price range that matches the 12400, then it is still going to be very good value proposition. After all, the cost of a new Intel motherboard, cooler and potentially ram is going to make the "budget" CPUs not so budget in my opinion. There will be budget chipset from Intel, but that is rumoured to arrive only next year. And even a budget motherboard from Intel generally cost more than one from AMD, without compromising on performance.
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  • escksu
    AMD will have to drop its price drastically to compete. 5600x can no longer compete with 12 gen Intel anymore. Only advantage AMD has is alderlake boards are lacking and extremely expensive. However, this will imprvoe over time.

    And then, the Vcache from AMD, may not be even enough. HAving a bigger cache is cannot really overcome the core deficiencies.
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  • spentshells
    I have not bought an AMD CPU since the 1800+.
    I'll fix this headline.
    Intel produces a 3rd consecutive inferior midrange product line.
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  • mitch074
    escksu said:
    AMD will have to drop its price drastically to compete. 5600x can no longer compete with 12 gen Intel anymore. Only advantage AMD has is alderlake boards are lacking and extremely expensive. However, this will imprvoe over time.

    And then, the Vcache from AMD, may not be even enough. HAving a bigger cache is cannot really overcome the core deficiencies.
    Zen 3 isn't inefficient - it's actually starved for bandwidth, if tripling the L3 cache can improve overall performance by 15%. As for "can't compete", it actually can - it's a one year old architecture VS one that just came out, and their performance are almost equivalent. Give it some L3 cache, and it can compete with Intel's latest and greatest.
    Remember that AMD used to sell their 6-cores Ryzen around 170 to 250 bucks not so long ago - they can still do that, and still make a profit. But, why would they do that when they're still selling everything they make? Heck, the main reason the Ryzen 3 line ended was because they didn't have enough defective chips to sell as 4-core processors! The 7nm Zen2-based 3100 and 3300X are almost impossible to find because they made so few of them.
    If Intel really is a threat to AMD, with AMD's chips staying in stock more than a couple days in December, I wouldn't be surprised to see either the 5600X or the 5600G fall under $200, and/or a "Zen3D" processor coming out (5650?) for $300 that would still conquer the mid-range CPU market.
    But, until the shortage resolves itself (either with Intel suddenly gaining back all the lost market share they lost these past 4 years or AMD suddenly able to push out more chips out of TSMC's factories), I don't see processor prices falling down that much - platform costs are still slightly in AMD's favor here.
    All this, without even mentioning Zen 4.
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  • salgado18
    Windows 11 does give Alder Lake a nice performance boost in some workloads.
    Wait, the i5-12400 has 6 P-cores and no E-cores, so why does Windows 11 make a difference? Isn't the scheduler the only factor of W11 versus W10 for Alder Lake?
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  • wifiburger
    honestly the 12900 or 12900F + B660 motherboard might end up the cheapest option for a 16core;
    I can't believe Intel is the budget friendly option right now.
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  • logainofhades
    wifiburger said:
    Zen3 prices since Day1 are pure garbage; also only 4 products are available vs the past with more choices

    I think AMD needs to drop prices now on Zen3 and Zen 3d.

    With B550 & non-K cpus coming from Intel I think people will just switch over instead of waiting for AMD.

    Yet they couldn't hardly keep them in stock anywhere, other than maybe Microcenter. Zen 3 was able to command higher prices, because it was top dog, at the time, while Intel was forced to lower prices. AMD does need to drop prices, and some places already are. Microcenter has. https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966995+4294819840&NTK=all&sortby=pricelow
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  • Why_Me
    spentshells said:
    I have not bought an AMD CPU since the 1800+.
    I'll fix this headline.
    Intel produces a 3rd consecutive inferior midrange product line.
    The cpu used was an engineering sample purchased off of ebay.

    https://www.techpowerup.com/288978/intel-core-i5-12400-engineering-samples-surface-on-ebay-riddled-with-compatibility-issuesIntel Core i5-12400 Engineering Samples Surface on eBay, Riddled with Compatibility Issues
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  • salgado18
    wifiburger said:
    honestly the 12900 or 12900F + B550 motherboard might end up the cheapest option for a 16core;
    I can't believe Intel is the budget friendly option right now.
    You used 16 core and budget friendly in the same sentence, something is not right ;)

    5950x with A320 is probably cheaper than that, but will you save on VRM when buying a 16 core CPU? Same goes for Intel.

    You mean the 12400F, right? If it's priced against the 3600 with the performance of the 5600x, that could be the best bang for buck IF there are cheaper boards. Remember, you can now pair a 5600x with an A320 for a very cheap and fast combo.
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