CPU Benchmark Performance: Power, Office, and Science

Our previous set of ‘office’ benchmarks have often been a mix of science and synthetics, so this time we wanted to keep our office section purely on real-world performance.

For the Core i3-12300, we are running DDR5 memory at the following settings:

  • DDR5-4800(B) CL40


(0-0) Peak Power

As expected from a 4C/8T processor, the Core i3-12300 has a lower power draw than the 6C/12T and 8C/16T models.


(1-1) Agisoft Photoscan 1.3, Complex Test

(1-2) AppTimer: GIMP 2.10.18

Compared to previous generations of Intel's architecture, Alder Lake (Core i3-12300) is above everything else in regards to variable/lightly-threaded loads.


(2-1) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (non-AVX)

(2-2) 3D Particle Movement v2.1 (Peak AVX)

(2-3) yCruncher 0.78.9506 ST (250m Pi)

(2-4) yCruncher 0.78.9506 MT (2.5b Pi)

(2-4b) yCruncher 0.78.9506 MT (250m Pi)

(2-5) NAMD ApoA1 Simulation

(2-6) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Total

(2-6a) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Inference

(2-6b) AI Benchmark 0.1.2 Training

In any scenario where AVX-based workloads or in multi-core and multi-threaded applications, the Core i3-12300 lags behind the chips with higher core and thread count.

Intel Core i3-12300 Performance: DDR5 vs DDR4 CPU Benchmark Performance: Simulation And Rendering
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  • 29a - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    No iGPU benchmarks, why?
  • Calin - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    Integrated GPUs live or die by the memory bandwidth, and using DDR5 would bring a huge difference.
    On the other hand, DDR5 is more expensive and might not "fit" a low-budget computer.
    Basically, people that buy a cheap i3 with expensive RAM and no dedicated GPU aren't that many.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    As its iGPU has only 24 Execution Units, I doubt DDR5 will have such a momentous impact. Even if it does, there's still no way its iGPU performance is going to be terribly interesting or even competitive with 8 CU (512 shader) competition from AMD.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    By comparison, consider that Tiger Lake needed up to 96 EU of a roughly comparable iGPU architecture to eke out a win over AMD's 8 CU iGPUs. So, that should set a very modest expectation for the iGPU performance of these chips.
  • 29a - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    If they would have benchmarked the iGPU we would know how it performs. I've heard for the last 2 years now how awesome Xe is going to be.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    Then you need only look for a review of Tiger Lake's iGPU. Alder Lake is only a minor refresh of it.

  • WaltC - Friday, March 4, 2022 - link

    They don't want to say how bad it is...;) Just another one of those inexplicable omissions AT seems to enjoy making in product reviews, I guess. Even if it's terrible, it should be demonstrated. Anyway, I'll say that Intel has a long and somewhat stagnant history of 2-4 core CPUs...;)
  • mode_13h - Saturday, March 5, 2022 - link

    Yeah, I think it could've done with a single page of 720p or 1080p benchmarks for a selection of relevant titles.
  • MDD1963 - Monday, April 25, 2022 - link

    "Intel has a long and somewhat stagnant history of 2-4 core CPUs" Must be quite frustrating from AMD fans seeing the 'stagnant' i3 occasionally defeat the 5600X in gaming benchmarks, too...
  • DannyH246 - Thursday, March 3, 2022 - link

    LOL - We all know why.

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