What just happened? Intel confirmed the long-rumored Alder Lake non-K desktop chips at CES last week, including the Core i3-12100. It can be classified as an entry-level processor, but one of the early reviews of the processor showed it could stand up to the Ryzen 5 3600, surpassing AMD’s offering in gaming benchmarks.
As with the Core i3-12300, the Core i3-12100 includes four Golden Cove Performance cores and no Gracemont Efficiency cores. It also has eight threads, 12MB L3 cache, 3.3GHz base frequency, and 4.3GHz single-core turbo.
The Core i3-12100 costs around $ 122 to $ 129, which is roughly $ 100 for version F which lacks integrated graphics. PC art Compare Team Blue’s chip to AMD’s previous generation Ryzen 5 3600, which features six cores, twelve threads, a 3.6 GHz base, and a 4.2 GHz boost. It is still selling for about $ 290 – $ 299.
The publication used a test setup consisting of 32 GB of DDR4 at 3600 MHz, an ROG Strix Z690-A D4, a Dark Rock Pro 4, and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The Ryzen 5 3600 benchmarks have replaced the motherboard with an Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero.
The Alder Lake chip outperformed the 7nm Zen 2 processor in all games tested, including Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5, and Cyberpunk 2077. On average, Intel’s processor beat AMD’s chip by 7.85 % on all titles.
Additionally, Art of PC notes that only three games weren’t able to offer at least 144 FPS @ 1080p with Alder Lake: Warzone, Flight Simulator, and Cyberpunk 2077, all of which are very CPU intensive.
The results will likely make the Core i3-12100 an attractive option for gamers looking to save money on a new processor, especially with the F version priced at around $ 100. It looks like we might have a new budget CPU king on our hands.