Core i5-10500 vs Core i3-12100 benchmarks
In our benchmarks, the Core i3-12100 beats the Core i5-10500 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-10500 in all gaming tests too.
In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i5-10500 has significantly more cores than the Core i3-12100. Indeed, the Core i5-10500 has 6 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Core i3-12100. It also has more threads than the Core i3-12100. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i3-12100 has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i5-10500. Despite this, the Core i5-10500 has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i3-12100 outputs less heat than Core i5-10500 thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i5-10500 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.