12th Generation CPUs by Intel have enjoyed a warm welcome. At that moment, only high end “K” models are available to be bought. Z690 boards are also expensive. 12th Generation CPUs are restricted only for high end PCs, but this will be changed because Intel is about to release more affordable 12th Gen models, along with cheaper H670, B660 and H610 motherboards.

As we know, Intel’s 11th Gen range features are included in some underrated models such as the very affordable 6C/12T i5 11400. It seems that its 12th Generation replacement, which is the i5 12400, will be even better when it comes to delivering excellent gaming performance along with low power consumption and temperatures.

Also, the i5 12400 will be featured with only the Golden Cove P cores, but now it will be lacking the Gracemont E cores. Its base clock is 2.5 GHz with a turbo clock of up to 4.4 GHz. It will come with a 65W base power with a maximum turbo power of 117W. This means that it can be cooled by any kind of decent cooler. The higher end model, however, will require very good cooling.

However, while we are still waiting for the release of 12400, some leakers have shown results with some engineering samples. A full “review” was shown by Igor’s Lab, by taking a 12600K and setting it in the BIOS to emulate the i5 12400. After all, the results show that  the lower tier Intel CPUs will definitely offer excellent performance for your dollar.

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