Edition XFastest was able to get at its disposal an engineering sample of the Core i3-12100 processor, which Intel, along with other low-end models of Alder Lake-S processors, will present in January next year. The chip was tested in various benchmarks and games, comparing the results to AMD’s Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X models.
Intel Core i3-12100 is a quad-core processor with support for eight threads. Unlike the models already presented in the Alder Lake series, this chip does not use a hybrid architecture. It uses only four high-performance Golden Cove cores. According to XFastest, the maximum processor frequency on one core reaches 4.3 GHz. This engineering sample has Power Limit 1 and Power Limit 2, which Intel renamed Processor Base Power (PBP) and Maximum Turbo Power (MTP), are 60 and 77 watts, respectively.
The processor was tested in a system with an ASRock Z690 Steel Legend motherboard, 16GB DDR4-3600 memory and a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card. The novelty was compared with the four-core AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X, which worked on the ASRock X470 Taichi board, with the same RAM.
In most of the tests carried out, the Intel processor showed a confident superiority over the AMD Zen 2 chips. In addition, its power consumption and temperature indicators, depending on one or another AIDA64 test, also turned out to be better than the competitors.
For synthetic tests, PCMark, Cinebench R23, PugetBench for Premiere Pro, 3DMark, 7-Zip, VRMark and V-Ray Benchmark were used. Their results can be found below.
Cyberpunk 2077 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were launched for gaming tests. With the second case, everything is clear – the advantage remained with the Intel processor. A more interesting situation was observed in Cyberpunk 2077. With NVIDIA DLSS and RTX technologies disabled, all three processors showed the same performance. But when they are turned on, the Intel processor has noticeably taken the lead.
It should be reminded once again that the engineering sample of the Core i3-12100 was tested. The performance of the consumer version of this processor may vary. The official price of the Core i3-12100 is still unknown, but according to XFastest, it will be less than $ 130.