Intel Core i7-6900K vs Core i3-12100

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Intel Core i7-6900K
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Intel Core i3-12100
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Games supported 100%

General info

Comparing Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating517528
Value for money9.0947.23
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
Architecture codenameBroadwell-E (2016)Alder Lake-S (2022)
Release date31 May 2016 (6 years ago)4 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,020no data
Current price$322 (0.3x MSRP)$127
Value for money

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Technical specs

Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores8 (Octa-Core)4 (Quad-Core)
Threads168
Base clock speed3.2 GHz3.3 GHz
Boost clock speed4 GHz4.3 GHz
L1 cache32 KB (per core)80K (per core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)1.25 MB (per core)
L3 cache20 MB (shared)12 MB (shared)
Chip lithography14 nmIntel 7 nm
Die sizeno data163 mm2
Maximum core temperature67°100 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cno data
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility-+
Unlocked multiplier+-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration11
SocketFCLGA2011-3FCLGA1700
Thermal design power (TDP)140 Watt60 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno dataIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI++
AVX++
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++
Speed Shiftno data+
Turbo Boost Technology2.02.0
Hyper-Threading Technology++
TSXno data+
Idle States++
Thermal Monitoringno data+
Smart Response+no data
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+-

Security technologies

Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT++
EDB++
Secure Keyno data+
OS Guardno data+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 are enumerated here.

VT-d++
VT-x++
EPT++

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
Maximum memory size128 GB128 GB
Max memory channels42
Maximum memory bandwidthno data76.8 GB/s
ECC memory support-no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardno dataIntel UHD Graphics 730
Quick Sync Videono data+
Clear Video HDno data+
Graphics max frequencyno data1.4 GHz
Execution Unitsno data24

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supportedno data4

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

Max resolution over HDMI 1.4no data4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Max resolution over eDPno data5120 x 3200 @ 120Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPortno data7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectXno data12
OpenGLno data4.5

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100.

PCIe version3.05.0 and 4.0
PCI Express lanes4020

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-6900K 14.25
+1.6%
i3-12100 14.03
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 69%

i7-6900K 14368
+1.6%
i3-12100 14148

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 38%

i7-6900K 982
i3-12100 1598
+62.7%

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 38%

i7-6900K 7640
+27.9%
i3-12100 5973

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-6900K and Core i3-12100. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 102 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 14.25 14.03
Recency 31 May 2016 4 January 2022
Boost clock speed 3700 4300
Base clock speed 3200 3300
Thermal design power (TDP) 140 Watt 60 Watt

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Competitors of Core i7-6900K by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-6900K from AMD is Ryzen 7 2700E, which is faster by 2% and higher by 17 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Core i3-12100 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i3-12100 by AMD is Ryzen 5 2600X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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