Intel Core i3 8100 vs i3 12100

We compared two 4-core desktop CPUs: the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 8100 against the 3.3 GHz i3 12100. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
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 12100 and 8100
Advantages of Intel Core i3 12100
  • Newer - released 4-years and 4-months later
  • Has 6 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR5-4800 RAM
  • Around 39.3 GB/s (105%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 80% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1706 vs 949 points
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • More modern manufacturing process – 10 versus 14 nanometers
  • Consumes up to 8% less energy than the Core i3 8100 – 60 vs 65 Watt

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1689
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
8138
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
3593
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
14661
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1722
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6372
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i3 8100 and i3 12100

General

Vendor Intel Intel
Released October 5, 2017 January 4, 2022
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Coffee Lake Alder Lake-S
Model number i3-8100 i3-12100
Socket LGA-1151 LGA-1700
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 630 UHD Graphics 730

Performance

Cores 4 4
Threads 4 8
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency - 4.3 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 28x 33x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 1280K (per core)
L3 Cache 6MB (shared) 12MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No

Power

Fabrication process 14 nm 10 nm
TDP 65 W 60 W
Max. temperature 100°C 100°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 Intel UHD Graphics 730
GPU Base Clock 350 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1100 MHz 1400 MHz
Shading Units 192 192
TMUs 24 48
ROPs 3 24
Execution Units 24 24
TGP 15 W 15 W
Max. Resolution 4096x2304 - 60 Hz 3840x2160 - 60 Hz
iGPU FLOPS
0.38 TFLOPS
0.35 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2400 DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
Memory Size 64 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 37.5 GB/s 76.8 GB/s
ECC Support Yes -

Misc

Official site Intel Core i3 8100 official page Intel Core i3 12100 official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20
Extended instructions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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