Intel’s Alder Lake i3 processor could deliver a surprising punch for budget gaming PCs


Building the best gaming PC possible is an expensive endeavor, with graphics card prices hitting double their MSRP’s and newer DDR5 RAM costs are sure to send your credit score a shiver. Still, if you’re expecting a gaming hero on a low budget, there may still be hope, as Intel’s unannounced Alder Lake i3 chips could trump AMD’s Zen 3 Ryzen processors.

According to benchmarks shared by user Bilibili Enthusiastic Citizen, Intel’s Core i3-12300 has a single-thread CPU-Z score of 702 and the i3-12100 has a similar score of 687.5. Both chips also spent time in Cinebench, resulting in respective scores of 665 and 649. By comparison, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X has a score of 652.8, which means it might not. follow the new budget duo of the blue team.

It’s important to note that Intel’s Alder Lake i3 is still entry-level, meaning the two processors don’t stand out in terms of multithreaded performance. However, when you consider the two potential chips at $ 100 and $ 150, it’s easy to see why they might be more attractive than AMD’s current lineup.

Intel hasn’t revealed its plans for the Alder Lake i3, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can confirm the chipset’s impressive single-threaded specs. If the i3-1230 and i3-12100 ever end up outperforming AMD’s Zen 3 lineup, the Red Team will need to increase the stake significantly with its newer rivals Zen 3+ and Zen 4. After all, Intel’s Pat Gilsinger is aiming for the CPU crown, and the company’s 12th generation offerings have already made their way to the throne.

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Robert P. Miller