Intel Core i3 12100F vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3 12100F with 4-cores against the 3.5 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5600 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
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
The "iGPU" and "Power Efficiency" have a minor impact on the NanoReview Score when comparing desktop CPUs.

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 5600 and 12100F
Advantages of Intel Core i3 12100F
  • Around 29.12 GB/s (61%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • More than 10° C higher critical temperature
  • 10% faster in a single-core Geekbench v6 test - 2289 vs 2087 points
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5600
  • Has 20480 KB larger L3 cache size
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 10 nanometers
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.4 GHz vs 4.3 GHz)

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 679.9 MB/sec 998.5 MB/sec
Clang compilation 46.1 Klines/sec 64.8 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 172.7 pages/sec 183.9 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 206.2 Mpixels/sec 241.5 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 217.9 pages/sec 208.3 pages/sec
Background blur 40.4 images/sec 45.8 images/sec
Photo processing 72.2 images/sec 69.6 images/sec
Ray tracing 10.9 Mpixels/sec 15.2 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 41.4 GOps/sec 69.7 GOps/sec
Floating point math 32.3 GOps/sec 38.9 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 64M Primes/sec 131M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 16.1M Strings/sec 26.4M Strings/sec
Data encryption 8.2 GBytes/sec 15.6 GBytes/sec
Data compression 162.7 MBytes/sec 251.2 MBytes/sec
Physics 1003 Frames/sec 1300 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 10.9B Matrices/sec 16.7B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i3 12100F and AMD Ryzen 5 5600


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


Performance Cores
P-Cores 4 6
P-Threads 8 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.3 GHz 4.4 GHz
Total Cores 4 6
Total Threads 8 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 33x 35x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 12MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Fabrication process 10 nm 7 nm
TDP (PL1) 58 W 65 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 89 W -
Socket LGA-1700 AM4
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 Yes


Official site Intel Core i3 12100F official page AMD Ryzen 5 5600 official page
PCI Express Version 5.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 24

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