The 12700F in the new F-series will debut next week at CES 2022. When we look at the prominent features of the new chip, besides 12 cores (8+4) and 20 virtual cores, 2.1 GHz base frequency and 4.9 GHz turbo frequency remain in the foreground. In addition, it is stated that it will have 25 MB of L3 cache with a 65W package design, and it can achieve its maximum performance when it is under 150 Watts.
Tested with ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WiFi D4 motherboard and 32GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, the i7-12700F achieved 1849 points in single-core performance and 11277 points in multi-core performance, according to the leaked Geekbench 5.4 test.
Compared to the Ryzen 7 5800X (in the same test, the 5800X scores 1671 in single-core; 10376 in multi-core) at $80 more affordable price, but still offers 10% higher performance on average. Thanks to Alder Lake, it is possible to get better performance if they are more affordable than other processors in the same price band. Intel is expected to shake up the entry-mid-range band with the Alder Lake F series.
F series processors will come with new design stock coolers. However, thanks to the DDR5/DDR4 memory support that comes with the H610, H670 and B660 motherboards that Intel will introduce at CES 2022, it is possible that the Alder Lake processor prices will go down even lower.