Intel Alder Lake processors may rank among the best gaming CPUs you can buy right now, but their industry leading performance and support for DDR5 gaming RAM comes at a premium cost. Thankfully, leaked promotional materials indicate that team blue will soon add more budget-oriented chips to its 12th generation Core lineup.
According to Videocardz, we can expect Intel to announce and release three new processors: the Core i3-1200F, i5-12400F, and i7-12700F. While the i7 retains the mix of performance and efficiency cores seen on previous Alder Lake CPUs, the i5 and i3 chips only feature performance cores, returning to a more traditional homogeneous design.
So, in terms of core count, the i7-12700F will allegedly feature 12(8P+4E) cores and 20 threads, with a max clock speed of 4.9GHz. Meanwhile, the i5-12400F will boost up to 4.4GHz with six cores and 12 threads, and the i3-12100F isn’t too far behind at 4.3GHz with four cores and eight threads.