What just happened? At CES last week, Intel confirmed long-standing non-K Alder Lake desktop chips, including the Core i3-12100. It can be classified as an entry-level processor, but one of the first reviews of the processor showed it could compete with the Ryzen 5 3600, beating AMD’s offering in gaming benchmarks.
Like the Core i3-12300, the Core i3-12100 has four Golden Cove Performance cores and no Gracemont Efficiency cores. It also has eight threads, 12MB L3 cache, 3.3GHz base frequency and can run in single-core turbo mode up to 4.3GHz.
The Core i3-12100 retails for between $ 122 and $ 129 or so. 100 dollars for version F, which lacks integrated graphics. PC art compare the blue team’s chip to the previous generation AMD Ryzen 5 3600, which has six cores, twelve threads, a 3.6GHz base frequency and 4.2GHz acceleration. It still sells for about USD 290-299…
The post used a test rig consisting of 32GB 3600MHz DDR4 memory, ROG Strix Z690-A D4, Dark Rock Pro 4, and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The Ryzen 5 3600 benchmarks 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, the Intel processor outperformed the AMD chip by 7.85% in all games.
In addition, Art of PC notes that only three games failed to offer at least 144fps at 1080p with Alder Lake: Warzone, Flight Simulator and Cyberpunk 2077, which are very CPU intensive.
The results will likely make the Core i3-12100 a tempting option for gamers looking to save money on a new processor, especially with the F version at around $ 100. It looks like we have a new king of budget processors in our hands.