Intel Core i3 12100F vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3 12100F with 4-cores against the 3.6 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500 with 6-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 5500 and 12100F
Advantages of Intel Core i3 12100F
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • Around 29.12 GB/s (61%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 17% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1679 vs 1433 points
  • More than 10° C higher critical temperature
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.3 GHz vs 4.2 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5500
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 10 nanometers
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of Intel Core i3 12100F and AMD Ryzen 5 5500


Vendor Intel AMD
Released January 4, 2022 March 15, 2022
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake Zen 3 (Cezanne)
Model number i3-12100F -
Integrated GPU No No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 4 6
P-Threads 8 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.3 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz
Total Cores 4 6
Total Threads 8 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 33x 36x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 12MB (shared) 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 7 nm
Socket LGA-1700 AM4
TDP 58 W 65 W
Max. Boost TDP 89 W -
Peak temperature 100°C 90°C

Memory Support

Memory types DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i3 12100F official page AMD Ryzen 5 5500 official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 24

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