@momomo_us We’ve hooked up the pre-launch retail listings for Intel’s upcoming Core i5-13400 and 13400F. This indicates that the chip could cost under $250 at launch, making it a definite contender for our list of the best CPUs for gaming. , which is rumored to have performance comparable to the Core i5-12600K, making it a very competitive offering in the mid-range market. The i5-13400 is reportedly priced at $243.68, while the F model costs significantly less at $216.16.
The new chip is reported to be a 10-core hybrid configuration consisting of 6 P cores and 4 E cores. As for clock speeds, the 13400 and F models are reported to feature a 4.1 GHz base clock for the P cores and a 3.3 GHz boost clock for the E cores. It is speculated that the 13400 could be a recycled Alder Lake chip with Golden Cove cores instead of Intel’s faster Raptor Cove cores, but this has not been confirmed. The 13400 series is competitive either way, offering 4 more cores than the 12400. It has no E cores and matches the core count of 12600K.
Based on the leaked 13400-series benchmark data, it appears to perform about the same as the 12600K at stock speeds. Geekbench 5 single core, Blender, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop gave less than 6% gap between the two chips. The only exception was the Geekbench 5 multicore benchmark, where the 13400 was 11% faster.
Focusing solely on MSRP, the i5-13400 and 13400F are very cost effective compared to Intel’s previous generation CPUs. Again, both his SKUs are more than $60 below his 12600K MSRP.This is a good thing, but prices for Intel’s Alder Lake chips have dropped significantly recently, and the i5-12600K is currently $241 (opens in new tab) KF SKUs are $215. (opens in new tab) The i5-12400 is also very cheap now. $180. (opens in new tab)
Once the 13400 and 13400F are released, the current market price will determine the competitiveness of these chips. If the price stays the same, the i5-12600K will have an advantage due to its overclocking potential. But we don’t know when the i5-12600K discount ends. The good thing about a low starting list price is that prices rarely exceed the list price, guaranteeing the lowest CPU prices and offering even lower price discounts.