Average Bench: 94% (70th of 1363)

Based on 3,247 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: 84%Average: 94% Great: 102%
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 101%
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier

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.


Avg. Single Core Speed 175Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 327Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 17.7%. 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 822Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 816Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 3,247 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.7 Memory 82.9 91.7
165 1-Core 175 183
286 2-Core 327 360
104% 195 Pts
Min Avg Max
501 4-Core 568 654
702 8-Core 816 856
86.7% 692 Pts
Min Avg Max
753 64-Core 822 857
50.9% 822 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.7
1-Core 172
2-Core 324
104% 193 Pts
4-Core 594
8-Core 838
90% 716 Pts
64-Core 844
52% 844 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.9
1-Core 178
2-Core 344
107% 202 Pts
4-Core 589
8-Core 821
89% 705 Pts
64-Core 835
52% 835 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.9
1-Core 178
2-Core 347
106% 201 Pts
4-Core 575
8-Core 838
88% 707 Pts
64-Core 842
52% 842 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.4
1-Core 173
2-Core 311
100% 187 Pts
4-Core 543
8-Core 774
83% 658 Pts
64-Core 772
48% 772 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 55,581,859 CPUs tested.


MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Jan '22
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Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 103%
Workstation 84%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 - $109

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 82% - Excellent Total price: $745

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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6 days ago.

High Efficiency, Low Price simple


15 days ago.


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


22 days ago.

its pretty good for that price


14 days ago.


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


2 months ago.


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


8 months ago.


7 months ago.

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


8 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.

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