Intel Core i3-12100

Intel Core i3-12100 Benchmark

Intel Core i3-12100 Processor benchmark, specs and release date - 3 GHz 4 core Intel 12th Generation Core i3 LGA 1700 CPU rating. Is the Core i3-12100 good for gaming?

CPU Benchmark Score

64 %
Very Good score from 4 samples
Medium uncertainty

Ranked 213th out of 1,335 in the CPU Database.

Overall Gaming Multitasking Heavy Workloads
64 % 102 % 52 % 50 %
Very Good Amazing Very Good Very Good

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CPU Comparison

The Intel Core i3-12100 compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more CPUs with our CPU Comparison Tool.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
74 %
Intel Core i7-9700K
71 %
AMD Ryzen 5 4600G
66 %
Intel Core i7-9700
65 %
AMD Ryzen 5 4500
65 %
Intel Core i3-12100
64 %
Intel Core i5-10500
50 %


Clock Speed 3.3 GHz
Turbo Speed 4.3 GHz
Cores 4
Threads 8
L1 Cache 320 KiB
L3 Cache 12 MiB
PCIe Revision 5
PCIe Lanes 20
Socket LGA 1700
Family 12th Generation Core i3
Memory Type DDR5-4800
Memory Channels 2
Max Memory 128 GiB
Release Date 2022-02-01
Has Unlocked Multiplier No
TDP 60 W

Intel Core i3-12100

The Core i3-12100 is a 4 core CPU from Intel released in 2022. This chip has a very good overall score at 64% in our CPU benchmark. Our gaming benchmark shows that this CPU is an amazing processor for gaming, with a score of 102%. As for multitasking and heavy workloads, the Core i3-12100 scores 52% and 50% respectively. Indeed, this is a very good rating for very heavy workloads.

The Core i3-12100 has 4 cores and 8 threads. This CPU makes use of simultaneous multithreading technology to improve performance on parallel tasks. Each physical CPU core is divided into multiple logical processors. This Intel CPU has a clock speed of 3.3 GHz and a turbo speed of 4.3 GHz : a higher clock speed that can be reached when thermals and power delivery allow. This CPU has a locked multiplier, so you are not able to overclock it beyond this frequency.

As for memory, the Core i3-12100 makes use of DDR5-4800 memory. The faster the memory, the better. Faster memory means that the CPU doesn't have to wait to get the data it needs. It can accommodate a maximum of 128 GiB of memory. Furthermore, this chip can handle up to 2 channels of RAM, a multichannel memory architecture allows for higher data transfer between the CPU and the memory. However, to take advantage of this, you must have enough memory slots filled.

In terms of cache, the Core i3-12100 has 320 KiB of level 1 cache, and 12 MiB of level 3 cache. This is a fast memory located close to the processor, which stores copies of frequently used data from main memory.

This CPU has fast connectivity with support for PCI-Express Gen 5. The faster the PCIe link, the better. This allows for better performance with GPUs and NVME SSDs. It has a total of 20 PCIe lanes.

Power and thermals for the Intel Core i3-12100 CPU are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 60 watts. This measures the amount of heat the processor produces when running at full load. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's good estimate.

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