Core i3-12100F Alder Lake may be the fastest quad-core CPU ever made by Intel


In fact, the current quad-core CPU segment is no longer as attractive as before, because of the increasingly affordable availability and cost of 6-core as well as 8-core products. However, saying that is not the case. This means that manufacturers have abandoned this market segment. For example, in the case of Intel’s recently launched Core i3-12100F Alder Lake model. Actual test results show that this chip can give “crazy” performance when overclocked, even becoming the fastest quad-core CPU ever created.

First of all, it must be confirmed that Core i3-12100F is a low-end chip. In fact, it’s the entry-level LGA 1700 Alder Lake model you can buy for as little as $97. This chip has a 4-core and 8-thread configuration, all based on the Golden Cove 10nm ESF core architecture. The CPU has a base clock of 3.3GHz and a boost clock of up to 4.3GHz. It has a base TDP of 58W, while the maximum turbo power is 89W. The CPU comes with the all-new Laminar RM1 cooling system, which Intel features on even higher-end product lines. Therefore, effective heat dissipation is a factor that users can be completely assured of.

In terms of performance, famous overclocker Alva Jonatha (nickname: LUCKY_NOOB) recently performed an interesting test, which is to use Intel Core i3-12100F to run some benchmark tests at stock clocks. with Laminar RM1 cooling system included. And the results are truly amazing.

In the Y-Cruncher (PI-1B) rating scale, the Core i3-12100F is currently the fastest quad-core chip, even faster than the AMD Ryzen 3 5300G overclocked to 5.6 GHz on the LN2. It’s just behind the Core i3-12100 with AIO heatsink (about 4%), but compared to the AMD LN2 overclocked APU, the 12100F is up to 18% faster. This is clearly an impressive result of the stock (AVX-512) performance of the Core i3-12100F. Even without AVX-512, this chip still provides the same performance as the overclocked AMD LN2 chip.

Not stopping there, the Intel Core i3-12100F can also deliver the same performance as the LN2 overclocked Ryzen 3 3100 CPU (5.6 GHz) at the stock clock in Cinebench R20. In GPUPI (1B), the new i3 chip is even faster than the Core i7-7740X (7GHz LN2 cooler). These are clearly all extremely impressive results for a low-end, low-cost chip, making it the fastest quad-core CPU model on the market at the moment.

Intel’s Core i3 and Core i5 Alder Lake CPU models are receiving a lot of positive reviews from the community, promising to create really great low-cost gaming PCs when combined with DDR4 memory.

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