Average Bench: 91.3% (73rd of 1355)

Based on 1,461 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: 82%Average: 91.3% Great: 100%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i3-12100F averaged just 8.7% 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 Mixed Speed 166Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 315Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 18.1%. 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 Mixed Speed 848Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 80.2Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,461 samples)
Min Avg Max
71 Memory 80.2 91
151 1-Core 166 175
267 2-Core 315 346
103% 187 Pts
Min Avg Max
479 4-Core 551 629
709 8-Core 845 888
89.3% 698 Pts
Min Avg Max
743 64-Core 848 885
56.9% 848 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 92.5
1-Core 175
2-Core 296
107% 188 Pts
4-Core 538
8-Core 889
90% 714 Pts
64-Core 876
59% 876 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.9
1-Core 175
2-Core 337
106% 196 Pts
4-Core 586
8-Core 887
94% 736 Pts
64-Core 881
59% 881 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.5
1-Core 173
2-Core 338
106% 196 Pts
4-Core 578
8-Core 874
93% 726 Pts
64-Core 878
59% 878 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.3
1-Core 167
2-Core 325
104% 190 Pts
4-Core 568
8-Core 875
92% 721 Pts
64-Core 856
58% 856 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Jan '22
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Typical Core i3-12100F Builds (Compare 1,233 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 122%
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Desktop
Desktop 100%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 109%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B660M DS3H DDR4

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $568

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 Comments

12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 4 months ago.

Good

4 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 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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