Core i7 7700K vs i3 12100F CPU Gaming Performance

We have tested out some new games on the last generation Core i7 7700k vs i3 12100F to how much of a performance difference it makes.

In today’s calculation, Intel’s Core-i3 series CPUs are manufactured as entry-level CPUs, and Core-i7 CPUs are manufactured as medium to high-level CPUs per their electronic architecture and performance. Core-i7 7700k is a 7th gen Intel CPU and is the top variant of Core-i7 7th Gen. This CPU performed its best at the time of its release. Meanwhile, Core-i3 12100F is the latest 12th gen entry-level CPU, and it delivers a low performance compared to the other 12th Gen i5, i7, or i9 CPU series.

Now the real question is, can the latest 12th Gen entry-level Core-i3 12100F overtake the old 7th Gen flagship intel CPU Core-i7 7700K? Or can Core-i7 deliver a better performance than the latest i3 processor? To check it out, we have tested out these 2 CPUs with the same system hardware.

So without further delay, let’s check the experiment details of the Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F CPU benchmark test.

Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F CPU Gaming Performance

i7 7700K vs i3 12100F – CPU Specs

Here are the full CPU specification of Intel Core-i7 7700k and Core-i3 12100F CPUs.

CPU Name vs CPU SpecsCore-i7 7700kCore-i3 12100F
CPU Gen7th12th
CodeKaby LakeAlder Lake
Total Cores44
Total Threads88
CPU Base Frequency4.203.30
CPU Boost Frequency4.504.30
Cache8 MB12 MB
TDP91 W58 W
Max Memory Size64 GB128 GB
Max Memory Channel22
GraphicsIntel HD 630N/A
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHzN/A
PCIe Express3.05.0 and 4.0

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Core i7 vs Core i3 Gaming Benchmark – Test Setup

Here are the system details we used for the experiment for Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F CPUs.

ProcessorIntel Core-i7 7700K
Intel Core-i3 12100F
MotherboardGigabyte Aorus Master Z690 Motherboard
ASUS STRIX Z270E Motherboard
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X73 RGB 360MM AIO Liquid Cooler
Graphics CardZotac RTX 3080 Graphics Card
RAMXPG Lancer (16×2) 32GB DDR5 RAM 5200Mhz
Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 32GB DDR4 RAM 3600Mhz
SSDSamsung 970 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Power SupplyCoolermaster V850 850W PSU
CaseCoolermaster HAF 700 EVO
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10

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Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100FGaming Benchmark

Here are the Gaming Benchmark outcomes of the Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F experiment. All of the games were set to 1080p resolution with ultra-high settings.

Game Name Core-i3 12100FCore-i7 7700K
Marvel’s SpiderMan101 fps avg90 fps avg
Forza Horizon 5216 fps avg195 fps avg
Hitman 3134 fps avg118 fps avg
Microsoft Flight Simulator53 fps avg52 fps avg
Cyberpunk 207796 fps avg84 fps avg
BeamNG Drive405 fps avg385 fps avg
God of War150 fps avg134 fps avg
PUBG215 fps avg206 fps avg
Red Dead Redemption 2134 fps avg119 fps avg
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt169 fps avg159 fps avg

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Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F CPU Performance Final Verdict

The above chart shows that the latest-gen alder lake entry-level Intel Core-i3 12100F performs way better than the 7th Gen Kaby Lake high-level Intel Core-i7 7700K. In every game, the Alder Lake 12100F provides an average of more than 25 fps than 7700k CPU. Only in Microsoft Flight Simulator, there is a 1fps difference but that does not matter in both single or multiplayer games.

So if you are looking to upgrade to a better CPU without breaking the bank then you can go for the i3-12100F only as 7th Gen Processors are really old and don’t support Windows 11 as well.

So this was all about Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F CPU Benchmark Test. If you think we have missed out on something, let us know in the comments.

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