Intel's entry-level Core i3-12300 & Core i3-12100 Alder Lake Desktop CPUs might offer the best value to budget gamers as shown in leaked benchmarks.
Intel Alder Lake Quad Cores, Core i3-12300 & Core i3-12100, Show Strong Entry-Level Performance, Run Cool & Consumer Under 65 Watts of Power
While we have already seen the benchmarks of Intel's Core i3-12100 leak out earlier, these new metrics also let us compare both variants against AMD's entry-level offerings which have so far been missing the Ryzen 3 lineup but that's expected to launch under the Renoir-X branding by 2022.
Coming to the specifications for the Intel Core i3-12100 Desktop CPU, you are getting 4 cores with 8 threads. All cores are based on the Golden Cove architecture and there's no hybrid architecture on this chip as will be the case with every chip below the Core i5-12600K. The CPU has a boost clock of up to 4.3 GHz (1-core) and 4.1 GHz (All-Core). The base TDP is rated at 60 Watts while the maximum turbo power (MTP) is rated at just 77W.
Similarly, the higher-end Core i3-12300 CPU retains the same core configuration but runs at slightly higher clock speeds of up to 4.4 GHz (1-Core) and 4.2 GHz (All-Core). The CPU also packs a 12 MB L3 cache. As for pricing, both chips are expected to hit retail around 1000 RMB or under $150 US. This will make them a very nice option for budget and entry-tier builders. With that said, let's look at the performance of these chips.
Intel Core i3-12100 & Core i3-12300 CPU-z (Image Credits: Enthusiast Citizen via Bilibili):
Intel Core i3-12100 & Core i3-12300 Cinebench (Image Credits: Enthusiast Citizen via Bilibili):
Starting with the Intel Core i3-12300, the CPU scores 702.5 points in single-core and 3842.4 points in the multi-thread score within CPU-z. In Cinebench R20, the chip scores 665 points in single-core and 3318 points in multi-thread benchmark. In the AIDA64 FPU stress test, the Core i3-12300 runs at a cool 60C while consuming 62 Watts of power.
Moving over to the Core i3-12100, the CPU scores 687.5 points in single-core and 3407.9 points in the multi-thread benchmark in CPU-z. For Cinebench R20, the chip scores 649 points in single-core and 3248 points in multi-thread tests. That's almost 90-95% performance of the higher-end chip at a lower cost around $100 US.
Intel Core i3-12100 & Core i3-12300 Temps/Power (Image Credits: Enthusiast Citizen via Bilibili):
What's impressive is that the performance for both chips almost matches the Zen 2 powered Ryzen 5 3600 in multi-threaded while the single-core performance destroys AMD's entire Zen 3 lineup. In comparison to the Core i3-10100F, the Core i3-12100F is about 42% faster on average in both single and multi-threaded performance which is one huge gen over gen upgrade. Sure you will need the brand new 600-series platform and it will be a wise decision to go for DDR4 motherboards with the entry-level lineup considering the cost/availability of DDR5 modules. Overall, Intel looks like they'll have another solid launch in the entry-level segment after a solid return in the mainstream & high-end segments with Alder Lake CPUs.
Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPU Specs
|CPU Name||P-Core Count||E-Core Count||Total Core / Thread||P-Core Base / Boost (Max)||P-Core Boost (All-Core)||E-Core Base / Boost||E-Core Boost (All-Core)||L3 Cache||TDP (PL1)||TDP (PL2)||Expected (MSRP) Price|
|Core i9-12900KS||8||8||16 / 24||3.4 / 5.5 GHz||5.2 GHz||2.4 / 3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||30 MB||150W||260W||$739 US|
|Core i9-12900K||8||8||16 / 24||3.2 / 5.2 GHz||5.0 GHz||2.4 / 3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||30 MB||125W||241W||$599 US|
|Core i9-12900||8||8||16 / 24||2.4 / 5.1 GHz||TBA||1.8 / 3.8 GHz||TBA||30 MB||65W||202W||$489 US
$464 US (F)
|Core i9-12900T||8||8||16 / 24||1.4 / 4.9 GHz||TBA||1.0 / 3.6 GHz||TBA||30 MB||35W||106W||$489 US|
|Core i7-12700K||8||4||12 / 20||3.6 / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||2.7 / 3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||25 MB||125W||190W||$419 US|
|Core i7-12700||8||4||12 / 20||2.1 / 4.9 GHz||TBA||1.6 / 3.6 GHz||TBA||25 MB||65W||180W||$339 US
$314 US (F)
|Core i7-12700T||8||4||12 / 20||1.4 / 4.7 GHz||TBA||1.0 / 3.4 GHz||TBA||25 MB||35W||99W||$339 US|
|Core i5-12600K||6||4||10 / 16||3.7 / 4.9 GHz||4.5 GHz||2.8 / 3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz||20 MB||125W||150W||$299 US|
|Core i5-12600||6||0||6 / 12||3.3 / 4.8 GHz||4.4 GHz||N/A||N/A||18 MB||65W||117W||$223 US|
|Core i5-12600T||6||0||6 / 12||2.1 / 4.6 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||18 MB||65W||74W||$223 US|
|Core i5-12490P||6||0||6 / 12||3.0 / 4.6 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||20 MB||65W||74W||~$250 US|
|Core i5-12500||6||0||6 / 12||3.0 / 4.6 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||18 MB||65W||117W||$202 US|
|Core i5-12500T||6||0||6 / 12||2.0 / 4.4 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||18 MB||35W||74W||$202 US|
|Core i5-12400||6||0||6 / 12||2.5 / 4.4 GHz||4.0 GHz||N/A||N/A||18 MB||65W||117W||$192 US
$167 US (F)
|Core i5-12400T||6||0||6 / 12||1.8 / 4.2 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||18 MB||35W||74W||$192 US|
|Core i3-12300||4||0||4 / 8||3.5 / 4.4 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||12 MB||60W||89W||$143 US|
|Core i3-12300T||4||0||4 / 8||2.3 / 4.2 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||12 MB||35W||69W||$143 US|
|Core i3-12100||4||0||4 / 8||3.3 / 4.3 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||12 MB||60W|
$97 US (F)
|Core i3-12100T||4||0||4 / 8||2.2 / 4.1 GHz||TBA||N/A||N/A||12 MB||35W||69W||$122 US|
|Intel Pentium Gold G7400||2||0||2 / 4||3.7 GHz||N/A||N/A||N/A||6 MB||46W||N/A||$64 US|
|Intel Pentium Gold G7400T||2||0||2 / 4||3.1 GHz||N/A||N/A||N/A||6 MB||35W||N/A||$64 US|
|Intel Celeron G6900||2||0||2 / 2||3.4 GHz||N/A||N/A||N/A||4 MB||46W||N/A||$42 US|
|Intel Celeron G6900T||2||0||2 / 2||2.8 GHz||N/A||N/A||N/A||4 MB||35W||N/A||$42 US|
News Source: Enthusiast Citizen (Bilibili)