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.
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 Specs||Core-i7 7700k||Core-i3 12100F|
|Code||Kaby Lake||Alder Lake|
|CPU Base Frequency||4.20||3.30|
|CPU Boost Frequency||4.50||4.30|
|Cache||8 MB||12 MB|
|TDP||91 W||58 W|
|Max Memory Size||64 GB||128 GB|
|Max Memory Channel||2||2|
|Graphics||Intel HD 630||N/A|
|Graphics Base Frequency||350 MHz||N/A|
|PCIe Express||3.0||5.0 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.
|Processor||Intel Core-i7 7700K|
Intel Core-i3 12100F
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Aorus Master Z690 Motherboard|
ASUS STRIX Z270E Motherboard
|CPU Cooler||NZXT Kraken X73 RGB 360MM AIO Liquid Cooler|
|Graphics Card||Zotac RTX 3080 Graphics Card|
|RAM||XPG Lancer (16×2) 32GB DDR5 RAM 5200Mhz|
Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 32GB DDR4 RAM 3600Mhz
|SSD||Samsung 970 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD|
|Power Supply||Coolermaster V850 850W PSU|
|Case||Coolermaster HAF 700 EVO|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10|
Core-i7 7700K vs Core-i3 12100F – Gaming 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 12100F||Core-i7 7700K|
|Marvel’s SpiderMan||101 fps avg||90 fps avg|
|Forza Horizon 5||216 fps avg||195 fps avg|
|Hitman 3||134 fps avg||118 fps avg|
|Microsoft Flight Simulator||53 fps avg||52 fps avg|
|Cyberpunk 2077||96 fps avg||84 fps avg|
|BeamNG Drive||405 fps avg||385 fps avg|
|God of War||150 fps avg||134 fps avg|
|PUBG||215 fps avg||206 fps avg|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||134 fps avg||119 fps avg|
|The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt||169 fps avg||159 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.
That’s all, Folks!
Alapan, Editor at Xombied and Techuda, is a biomechanical Engineer education-wise. But he wanted to go ahead with his life and pursue his career as both Gaming and Tech Reviewer. He is occasionally invited to host, plan and execute Gaming events with multiple brands. Apart from gaming, he loves playing guitar and singing along to the music.