Intel Core i5 11400F vs i3 12100F

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 11400F with 6-cores against the 3.3 GHz i3 12100F with 4-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 12100F and 11400F
Advantages of Intel Core i5 11400F
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.4 GHz vs 4.3 GHz)
Advantages of Intel Core i3 12100F
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • Around 26.8 GB/s (54%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • More modern manufacturing process – 10 versus 14 nanometers
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • 15% faster in a single-core Geekbench v6 test - 2289 vs 1987 points

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 712 MB/sec 679.9 MB/sec
Clang compilation 61.1 Klines/sec 46.1 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 174.3 pages/sec 172.7 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 223.1 Mpixels/sec 206.2 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 193.5 pages/sec 217.9 pages/sec
Background blur 43 images/sec 40.4 images/sec
Photo processing 72.9 images/sec 72.2 images/sec
Ray tracing 13.8 Mpixels/sec 10.9 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 58.2 GOps/sec 41.4 GOps/sec
Floating point math 34.4 GOps/sec 32.3 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 52M Primes/sec 64M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 24.6M Strings/sec 16.1M Strings/sec
Data encryption 10.5 GBytes/sec 8.2 GBytes/sec
Data compression 211.9 MBytes/sec 162.7 MBytes/sec
Physics 845 Frames/sec 1003 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 15.2B Matrices/sec 10.9B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 11400F and i3 12100F


Vendor Intel Intel
Released March 16, 2021 January 4, 2022
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Rocket Lake Alder Lake
Model number i5-11400F i3-12100F
Integrated GPU No No


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 4
P-Threads 12 8
Base Frequency (P) 2.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
Total Cores 6 4
Total Threads 12 8
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 26x 33x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 80K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 1280K (per core)
L3 Cache 12MB (shared) 12MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Fabrication process 14 nm 10 nm
TDP (PL1) 65 W 58 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) - 89 W
Socket LGA-1200 LGA-1700
Peak temperature 100°C 100°C

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR4-3200 - DDR5-4800
- DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 50 GB/s 76.8 GB/s
ECC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i5 11400F official page Intel Core i3 12100F official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 5.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 20

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