Testing Games, a famous YouTube channel in the field of game testing and processor power assessment, has just performed an in-depth relative test to evaluate the gaming ability of two very interesting CPU models in the market. The popular segments of Intel and AMD are: Intel Core i3-12100 and AMD Ryzen 5 3600. The results are quite surprising when the name with the cheaper price is the convincing winner.
First, let’s take a look at the system configuration used by Testing Games for testing. Separate setups include ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A D4 motherboard with Intel Core i3 12100F processor, ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard with AMD Ryzen 5 3600. including a Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU cooler, 2 1TB Samsung 970 EVO M.2 2280 SSDs, CORSAIR’s RM850i 850W PSU, and an unspecified stick of DDR4 RAM. All run on Windows 10.
The list of tested titles includes:
All in all, the test results demonstrate that Intel’s new generation Golden Cove cores are completely superior to AMD’s older Zen 2 technology, at least in terms of game processing. In which the AMD R5 3600 CPU, with 6 cores and 12 threads, provides a lower frame rate per second (FPS) than the Intel Core i3-12100F with only 4 cores and 8 threads.
If the review is broken down into specific sections, the difference will be relatively clear. For example, with the Forza Horizon 5 test, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 averaged 175 FPS, while the Intel Core i3-12100F’s result was 188 FPS. However, one thing to note is that Intel’s chip sucks more power from the GPU than the competition (about 30-40W between the two tests). In general, the difference in graphic experience will not be really obvious, and it depends on each specific game.
In terms of processing power, the Core i3-12100F proved to be completely superior to the competition, giving about 65% better performance on average in games, with a small difference in MHz. At the same time, the Intel chip’s temperature and power consumption are also lower than that of AMD’s.