Average Bench: 92.2% (62nd of 1337)

Based on 43 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 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: 85%Average: 92.2% Great: 99%
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 98%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i3-12100F averaged just 7.7% 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 168Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 318Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-12100F is just 13.6%. 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 860Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 80.5Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 43 samples)
Min Avg Max
70 Memory 80.5 95.3
148 1-Core 168 176
291 2-Core 318 345
104% 189 Pts
Min Avg Max
461 4-Core 558 660
758 8-Core 862 893
90.8% 710 Pts
Min Avg Max
759 64-Core 860 889
57.7% 860 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 86.4
1-Core 175
2-Core 348
111% 203 Pts
4-Core 608
8-Core 885
96% 746 Pts
64-Core 860
58% 860 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.7
1-Core 164
2-Core 317
103% 188 Pts
4-Core 561
8-Core 809
89% 685 Pts
64-Core 808
54% 808 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 174
2-Core 329
105% 193 Pts
4-Core 591
8-Core 885
95% 738 Pts
64-Core 882
59% 882 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.1
1-Core 173
2-Core 336
106% 196 Pts
4-Core 571
8-Core 879
93% 725 Pts
64-Core 880
59% 880 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.4
1-Core 173
2-Core 336
106% 195 Pts
4-Core 584
8-Core 871
94% 728 Pts
64-Core 874
59% 874 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 172
2-Core 328
104% 192 Pts
4-Core 570
8-Core 879
93% 725 Pts
64-Core 868
58% 868 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.2
1-Core 164
2-Core 314
102% 186 Pts
4-Core 544
8-Core 844
89% 694 Pts
64-Core 843
57% 843 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.3
1-Core 175
2-Core 338
106% 196 Pts
4-Core 461
8-Core 866
82% 664 Pts
64-Core 882
59% 882 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Jan '22
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Typical Core i3-12100F Builds (Compare 30 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 91%
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Workstation
Workstation 15%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME B660M-K D4

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 114% - Outstanding Total price: $130

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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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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