Budget King: $130 Intel Core i3-12100F CPU Review
This review benchmarks the Intel Core i3-12100 & 12100F CPUs versus the AMD R5 3600, R5 5600X, i5 CPUs
The Intel Core i3-12100 and 12100F only have one major difference, and it's the presence of an IGP. Beyond that, the CPUs are identical and behave the same in non-GPU tasks. If paired with a dGPU, they'd also behave the same (assuming you aren't using QuickSync or some other IGP feature). We bought the Intel i3-12100F for $130 to review, and so far, it's matching-up strong against Intel's own i5-12600K -- providing most of the performance for much less money -- and against AMD's R5 5600X and R5 3600. We plan to look at the Intel Core i5-12400 next to determine which of these two makes more sense for budget gaming PC builds in 2022.
Different video 3600 vs 12100 compared.
- Total Cores 4
- # of Performance-cores 4
- # of Efficient-cores 0
- Total Threads 8
- Max Turbo Frequency 4.30 GHz
- Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency 4.30 GHz
- Performance-core Base Frequency 3.30 GHz
- Cache 12 MB Intel® Smart Cache
- Total L2 Cache 5 MB
- Processor Base Power 58 W
- Maximum Turbo Power 89 W
Intel® Core™ i3-12100F Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.30 GHz) Product Specifications
Intel® Core™ i3-12100F Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.30 GHz) quick reference guide including specifications, features, pricing, compatibility, design documentation, ordering codes, spec codes and more.