Core i5-12490F: Intel reserves some Alder Lakes for the Chinese market only

Even after announcing more than 50 new processors during CES in Las Vegas, Intel may surprise us.

After having first mentioned the Core H-Series range and the mobile processor “ the fastest »Never produced (the Core i9-12900HK), Intel, therefore, took advantage of CES 2022 in Las Vegas to, in addition, lift the veil on the P-Series and U-Series ranges presenting a total of more than 50 processors during the show from Nevada.


CES 2022: Intel Introduces “Fastest” 12th Gen Core H-series Mobile Processors

Very close to the Core i5-12500

Obviously, the American founder still had some under his belt and our colleagues from Videocardz relay information that we did not expect: a Core i5-12490F whose essential feature is to be reserved for the Chinese market.

This is a model with 6 performance cores for a total of 12 threads. It is clocked at a frequency of 3 GHz and can climb up to 4.6 GHz in boost. Specifications strictly identical to those of the Core i5-12500, but it stands out on a few points.

Intel Core i5-12490F © Videocardz

© Videocardz

Thus, belonging to the ‘F’ range, it does not include a graphics solution. It also has more level 3 cache (20 MB against 18 MB). Finally, it will be distributed without the new Intel cooling system. Nothing revolutionary then, but it is the approach that questions.

On a Chinese website, the Core i5-12490F is currently advertised at 1600 RMB, or about 252 USD. This is 100 RMB higher than the Core i5-12400, which costs 1500MB/236 USD. The CPU joins a list of 20 K-series and non-K-series SKUs announced yesterday, but it was left off of Intel’s official list of specs, presumably because it will not be sold outside of China.


Intel teases impressive 12th generation Core i9-12900KS

Source: Videocardz

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