Deal of the day: Intel Core i5-12400F drops to lowest price ever

Less than £8 per thread and cooler included!

Intel Core i5 12400F - Core Blimey!

Not everyone is willing or able to splash the cash on latest-generation hardware. Sure, a Core i9-14900K would be nice, but for the masses, shopping takes place further down the stack.

The best deals are found among previous-generation parts that still pack a punch. A prime example is the Intel Core i5-12400F. A 12th Gen ‘Alder Lake’ part, this tidy little chip touts six cores and 12 threads alongside 65W base power. Maximum power climbs to 117W when the CPU hits a top speed of 4.4GHz.

Intel Core i5-12400F CPU product retail packaging.

Intel Core i5-12400F

“Compete with confidence or get immersed in new worlds with a revolutionary processor architecture that focuses on what matters most – gaming.”

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A fine fit for a mainstream gaming build, yet what makes this particular Intel processor stand out from the crowd is today’s limited time Amazon deal. Right now, Core i5-12400F is available in the UK for just £95.99. That’s easily the cheapest we’ve ever seen, and the first time it’s been available for under £100.

Only a limited number are available at the exclusive price with 25% already claimed at the time of writing. There’s good news for folk in other regions, too, as there are price drops across the globe. The same processor has dropped to $132.99 at Amazon US, putting it close to an all-time best, while Amazon Germany has it at a tempting €105.99.

Do be aware this CPU doesn’t feature integrated graphics, as denoted by the F suffix. Pair the Core i5 with a mid-range GPU such as, say, GeForce RTX 3060 and you’re set for high-quality 1080p gameplay. If the budget can stretch to RTX 4070 or RX 7900 GRE, silky smooth 1440p action moves within reach.

It’s also worth noting a perfectly capable stock Laminar RM1 cooler is included in the box. As for motherboard support, a good number of compatible LGA1700 solutions are available, and for this manner of build there’s no need to break the bank. Grab a B660 for under £150 and you’re golden. Heck, if you’re happy with fewer cores and threads, the Core i3-12100F has dropped to a mere £69.99!

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