TECH NEWS – Early reviews of Intel’s Core i5-12400, i3-12300 and i3-12100 sound pretty good against AMD’s products in the same category.
Intel plans to release at least 19 fixed clock speed (non-K) products from its Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU series. You can read the first evaluations on the Chiphell forum. The Core i5-12400 will have 6 cores, 12 threads, only Golden Cove (P-Cores), 18 MB L3 cache, 3 GHz base and 4.6 GHz boost clock speeds, 65 W TDP, and will be priced at $210. The Core i3-12300 and i3-12100 both come with 4 Golden Cove cores (4 cores, 8 threads), and will have boost clocks of 4.4 and 4.3GHz, respectively. 12 MB of L3 cache, and each of these processors comes with a UHD730 iGPU. The i3-12100 will cost $140, the F version $110, and the i3-12300 will cost $150. The F processors have no integrated graphics chip (or is disabled).
The Intel processors were tested on an ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4 motherboard with 2×8 GB Apacer NOX DDR4-4266 memory, while the AMD CPUs were put on an ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard. The video card in each case was the AMD RX 6800 XT Taichi. The i3 CPUs were compared to AMD’s Ryzen 3 5350G (the only 4-core, 8-thread solution), and here, Intel beat its rival with a significant margin (with an average 20% performance gain). The i5 processor is easily on par with AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO on, but with the 5% advantage, let’s not forget the pricing (AMD’s processor is $300).
Going to gaming benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-12400 and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X are neck and neck, although it should be pointed out that the latter has PBO enabled and a significantly higher price tag. And the i3 processors have no competition (up to 50% more performance).
AMD was known for its low-power processors in the 7-nanometre range, but Intel chips show better efficiency (10 ESF process nodes). The i5-12400 consumes 73 watts at maximum load, but the Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO consumes 119. On the other hand, the i3’s 61-64 W consumption is higher than the Ryzen 3 5350G’s 52.6, but consuming 20-25% more than the 30-40% extra average performance is not a significant loss.
Finally, the i5-12400 runs at 58C on maximum load, while the Ryzen 5 5600X runs at 86. The i3 reaches 62C, but that’s also lower than the Ryzen 3 5350G (68).
Intel should support us with hardware like this!