Core i7-9700 vs Core i3-12100 comparison
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-9700 performs better than the Core i3-12100. Despite this, the Core i3-12100 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.
When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-9700 has significantly more cores with 8 cores compared to the Core i3-12100 that has 4 cores. But they both have the same number of threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i3-12100 has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-9700. Despite this, the Core i7-9700 has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i3-12100 outputs less heat than Core i7-9700 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. For instance, the Core i7-9700 has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.