Intel Never Announced A Core i5-12490F But It Appears Real And Shines In Leaked Benchmarks

Intel Core i5-12490F
Intel had a busy CES week with a bevy of announcements, including new additions to its desktop Alder Lake family. However, one SKU that was not announced at the event was the 12th Gen Core i5-12490F. Despite its no-show, this appears to be a legitimate chip, as indicated by a retail listing with several shots of the packaging, and a handful of benchmark runs on Geekbench.

The general assumption is that the Core i5-12490F is exclusive to China, hence why it was not included in any presentation materials we've seen to this point. It showed up at and assuming the listing is accurate, this is another Alder Lake CPU that is riding solo with P-cores.

Intel Core i5-12490F Retail Listing
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As outlined on the product page, this is a 6-core/12-thread processor with a 3GHz base clock, 4.6GHz max turbo frequency, 20MB of L3 cache, 7.5MB of L2 cache, and a 65W TDP. For comparison, the Core i5-12400F (which Intel did reveal at CES) is also a 6-core/12-thread CPU, but with a 2.5GHz base clock, 4.4GHz max turbo frequency, 18MB of L3 cache, 7.5MB of L2 cache, and the same 65W TDP.

So the Core i5-12490F has bit more L3 cache and faster clocks (both base and turbo). The specs also happen to be very similar to the Core i5-12500, except the "F" designation means it lacks integrated Xe graphics, and it has 2MB more L3 cache. The Core i5-12490F also doesn't appear to come with a stock cooler.

Intel 12th Gen Core i5-12490F Makes Several Appearances At Geekbench

It's probably real, but how does it perform? Here's what we have to go on for the moment...

Intel Core i5-12490F Geekbench Listings
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There are a handful of benchmark runs on Geekbench. The best single-core score of the bunch is 1,825 while the best multi-threaded score obtained is 8,929. All five of these benchmark runs were performed on a test bed with an ASUS TUF Gaming B660M-Plus WiFi D4 motherboard with 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and Windows 10 64-bit.

Here's how those scores stack up against ones we obtained for other CPUs as part of our Alder Lake performance review...

Alder Lake Geekbench Performance Graph
The single-core score of 1,825 puts it right on the heels of the Core i9-11900K and head of most non-Alder Lake CPUs. Meanwhile, the 8,929 multi-threaded score puts the Core i5-12940F comfortably in front of the Core i5-11600K.

We'll have to wait and see how it performs next to Intel's latest additions to its 12th Gen line, but in the early going, the leaked benchmark scores for the Core i5-12490F look very good. Whether the chip will find its way out of China (perhaps in OEM builds), that's a question that will be answered another day as well.