Average Bench: 94.1% (93rd of 1406)

Based on 7,134 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: 89%Average: 94.1% Great: 100%
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 100%
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.


Avg. Single Core Speed 172Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 322Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 10.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-12100F performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 803Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 796Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 7,134 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.4 Memory 84.1 91.6
162 1-Core 172 179
291 2-Core 322 345
103% 193 Pts
Min Avg Max
520 4-Core 563 634
750 8-Core 796 835
85.3% 680 Pts
Min Avg Max
756 64-Core 803 836
49.7% 803 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 94.1
1-Core 223
2-Core 442
132% 253 Pts
4-Core 713
8-Core 1005
108% 859 Pts
64-Core 1,020
63% 1,020 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 79
1-Core 173
2-Core 316
101% 189 Pts
4-Core 542
8-Core 754
82% 648 Pts
64-Core 753
47% 753 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.1
1-Core 169
2-Core 305
100% 185 Pts
4-Core 506
8-Core 752
78% 629 Pts
64-Core 760
47% 760 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.4
1-Core 174
2-Core 332
103% 195 Pts
4-Core 522
8-Core 791
81% 657 Pts
64-Core 804
50% 804 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.9
1-Core 153
2-Core 274
89% 166 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 704
73% 586 Pts
64-Core 682
42% 682 Pts
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Gaming 98%
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Desktop 103%
Workstation 85%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $620

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 16 months ago.


25 days ago.


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


13 days ago.

Simply an astounding CPU, with insane price to performance


27 days ago.

i think its the best cpu for this kind of money


5 months ago.


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


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


15 days ago.

its the cheapest cpu and have a strong power


10 months ago.


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


16 months ago.


4 months ago.

Its capability to run cpu intensive vr games like boneworks


8 months ago.

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


16 months ago.

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


16 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.


5 months ago.

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

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