SOVLED! Intel Core i5 12400F vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Intel Core i5 12400F is a 6 core 12 threads CPU that comes in the 12th generation of Intel Core Line-up. On the other hand, Ryzen 7 2700X is an 8 core 16 threads CPU which is a little older than t he 12400F.

The 12400F is based on the Alder Lake S architecture which is one step behind the latest Raptor Lake architecture.

The Ryzen 7 2700X is based on the Pinnacle Range (Zen+) in Ryzen 2nd generation CPUs. This is why I call it a little outdated these days.

There are a lot of similarities and differences between the both. So, we are going to cover all of them here. By the end of this article, I am sure you will be ready to make your final decision between these both CPUs.

Theoretical Specifications (Comparison)

SpecificationIntel Core i5 12400F AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU Generation12th Generation2nd Generation
Base Clock/Boost Clock2.50/4.40 GHz3.7/4.3 GHz
Cache (L1/L2/L3)-/7.5MB/-
18 MB Intel® Smart Cache
OverclockingNot AvailableAvailable
PCle VersionPCle 5.0 and 4.0PCle 3.0
Memory SupportUp to DDR5 4800 MHz
Up to DDR4 3200 MHz
DDR4 Up to 2933 MHz
Boxed Cooling SolutionYesYes
Integrated Graphics CardNoNo

There is a difference in the core and thread counts. The base frequency is lower in the 2700X while the boost/turbo frequency is a little higher in the 12400F.

12400F supports overclocking while the 2700X doesn’t. Being a latest release from Intel, 12400F is based on a 10nm architecture while the 12700X is based on the 12nm architecture.

Synthetic Benchmark Scores (Comparison)

ParameterIntel Core i5 12400F AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU Mark Score19,78717,604
Single-Core Score (Geekbench)16471,040
Multi-Core Score (GeekBench)9,4516,846
Single-Thread Rating (PassMark)3,5642,427

We can see that the 12400F is beating the 2700X in GeekBench and CPU Mark scores. Both single-core and multi-core performance parameters are in the favor of 12400F.

Cinebench Scores (Comparison)

Cinebench BenchmarkIntel Core i5 12400F AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Cinebench R23 (Single Core)1,6231,071
Cinebench R23 (Multi Core)12,45499,71
Cinebench R20 (Single Core)1,623411
Cinebench R20 (Multi Core)12,4543,951

Again, 12400F is winning the game by beating the 2700X in all the cinebench benchmark scores.

Which One is good for gaming?

I would say 12400F is a good option if gaming is your primary requirement. It is true that the 2700X is a completely worthy when it comes to gaming but 12400F will beat it in any case. When you equip it with a good Graphic card, it can do wonders in gaming.

Which one is good for productivity?

Because the multi-core scores are all in favor of 12400F, I would recommend it for productivity as well. However, you will see no huge performance differences but there will be some advantages with the 12400F.


Final Verdict

Both the CPUs are good enough for gaming, productivity, and all other normal tasks. They are not made for very high-end activities. But, you can surely get good results.

However, if you have to make a final decision, I would recommend going for 12400F. The main reason is its high performance and the another is the cheaper price tag.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!