The Core i5-12490F processor, marketed exclusively in China, was unveiled a few days ago, and now we learn more about its performance. During CES 2022, Intel officially unveiled its full family of 12th generation Core products, including the first six K/KF series, for a total of up to 28 models.
As expected, the Core i5-12490F is slightly ahead of the Core i5-12400F in terms of performance. The 12490F performed 10% better on single-threaded workloads and was about 15% faster on multi-threaded workloads.
Importantly, the Core i5-12490F has a base frequency of 3.0 GHz and can scale up to 4.6 GHz. The Core i5-12400F has a base frequency of 2.5 GHz and scales up to 4.4 GHz. In terms of L3 cache, the Core i5-12490F and Core i5-12400F have 20 MB and 18 MB, respectively.
The performance of the Core i5-12490F is also higher than that of the Core i5-12500, but with a smaller difference. In single-threading, the performance of the 12490F is about 2.5% better than that of the 12500, and 5% better in multi-threading. The Core i5-12500 CPU has the same base and boost clock rates as the Core i5-12490F, but the L3 cache is smaller at 18 MB.
It’s possible that the Core i5-12490F will be limited to the Chinese market, considering it wasn’t even unveiled alongside other Intel devices during CES 2022 or other Alder Lake S launches. Like the other Core i5 processors of this generation, it is a good choice for building mid-range PCs.