Average Bench: 94.1% (124th of 1452)

Based on 11,860 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF00090675 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-12100F

Gaming is more accessible with the i3-12100F: Intel’s entry level Alder Lake desktop processor. Higher end Alder Lake processors feature a combination of performance and efficiency cores, however, the 12100F contains just four hyper-threaded Golden Cove performance cores. It has a max boost frequency of 4.3 GHz, 12 MB of L3 cache and a 58W TDP. The 12100F is keenly priced at around $130 USD and needs to be paired with a new chipset such as the B660. Only users with discrete GPUs should consider “F” models as they do not have integrated graphics. Whilst a budget PC built around the 12100F represents unbeatable value for money, the 6-core i5-12400F, with 50% stronger multi-core, is a better option for gamers with 3060+ tier GPUs. AMD do not have any CPUs competing in this price segment. Entry level gamers, who cannot find reasonably priced discrete GPUs, could consider the similarly performing Ryzen 5 5600G APU which has integrated RX Vega graphics that are around three times faster than Intel's UHD 730. [Jan '22 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i3-12100F averaged just 5.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i3-12100F near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Speed 172Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 323Pts

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 9.34%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-12100F performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 795Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 788Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 11,860 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.5 Memory 83.8 91
162 1-Core 172 178
292 2-Core 323 344
104% 193 Pts
Min Avg Max
518 4-Core 565 647
739 8-Core 788 823
85.2% 676 Pts
Min Avg Max
749 64-Core 795 828
49.2% 795 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.7
1-Core 172
2-Core 342
105% 199 Pts
4-Core 656
8-Core 838
96% 747 Pts
64-Core 839
52% 839 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 89.4
1-Core 172
2-Core 335
107% 199 Pts
4-Core 578
8-Core 836
88% 707 Pts
64-Core 828
51% 828 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.6
1-Core 178
2-Core 338
107% 200 Pts
4-Core 578
8-Core 842
89% 710 Pts
64-Core 842
52% 842 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.2
1-Core 156
2-Core 298
94% 176 Pts
4-Core 517
8-Core 688
77% 603 Pts
64-Core 709
44% 709 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Jan '22
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Gaming 98%
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Desktop
Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 85%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $142

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $590

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 2 years ago.

Liked

4 months ago.

Comment 

The Pure Definiton of bang for your buck—Sep '22


Poor

1 month ago.

An excellent budget CPU with good performance compared to AMD's budget cpu (Ryzen 5 3600).


Good

24 days ago.

goated cpu especially for the price !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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1 month ago.

Comment 

This is the best CPU for budget gamers out there i love this processor 3 truly best money spent —Sep '22


Good

3 months ago.

This is a very good cpu but because the i3 13100f is out and its better but slightly more expensive i would actually buy the i3 13100f


Excellent

8 months ago.

Comment 

Too cheap for that kind of performance.—Aug '22


Good

2 years ago.


Poor

5 months ago.

Its capability to run cpu intensive vr games like boneworks


Excellent

20 months ago.

This is the budget king for now. Massive performance at a small cost.


Excellent

11 months ago.

it is insane for its price


Excellent

2 years ago.

Its a great budget CPU for a desktop. The only thing I wish it had is more CPU cores and threads.


Excellent

7 months ago.

best price to value cpu


Excellent

2 years ago.

Budget king CPU. Better than the 10400f at a fraction of the cost. Excellent entry level option for those looking to build a 12th generation Intel Desktop.


Excellent

18 months ago.

120 bucks!!!! 120BUCKS!!!!!!! a nearly all ufo processor for just 120 bucks i love it


Excellent

4 months ago.

And unstoppable budget CPU. AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 stands no chance. Excellent for any purpose!


Excellent

3 months ago.

i'm using it it's the best budget cpu for games


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