Average Bench: 94.1% (79th of 1385)

Based on 4,063 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]

Poor: 87%Average: 94.1% Great: 99%
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 100%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i3-12100F averaged just 5.8% 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 171Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 318Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 11.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-12100F performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 800Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 793Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,063 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.8 Memory 85.3 91.6
162 1-Core 171 177
288 2-Core 318 345
103% 192 Pts
Min Avg Max
515 4-Core 556 621
753 8-Core 793 829
84.7% 675 Pts
Min Avg Max
738 64-Core 800 835
49.5% 800 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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 173
2-Core 345
106% 200 Pts
4-Core 548
8-Core 783
83% 666 Pts
64-Core 795
49% 795 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.2
1-Core 174
2-Core 310
100% 187 Pts
4-Core 549
8-Core 767
83% 658 Pts
64-Core 774
48% 774 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.8
1-Core 164
2-Core 297
97% 180 Pts
4-Core 529
8-Core 780
82% 654 Pts
64-Core 780
48% 780 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.4
1-Core 174
2-Core 310
98% 184 Pts
4-Core 548
8-Core 819
85% 684 Pts
64-Core 820
51% 820 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Jan '22
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Typical Core i3-12100F Builds (Compare 4,448 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 103%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 85%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $696

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 12 months ago.

Disliked

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

crazy price to performance ratio for gaming


Good

5 days ago.

Simply an astounding CPU, with insane price to performance


Excellent

9 days ago.

The more recent the more powerful


Good

24 days ago.

Great performance for its specs and price


Excellent

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

Comment 

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


Good

12 months ago.


Excellent

7 days ago.

Its capability to run cpu intensive vr games like boneworks


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months 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

1 month ago.

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


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