Average Bench: 55.9% (250th of 1089)

Based on 12,074 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306C3, , 1FABFBFF000306C3 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4160 CPU @ 3.60GHz

The Intel Core i3-4160 is a dual-core four threaded 4th generation (Haswell) processor. It was released in Q3 2014 and scores a respectable 91 for effective speed. With its base frequency of 3.6 GHz, the 4160 is fast enough to run the vast majority of applications smoothly and it’s very reasonably priced for its performance which make it a sensible choice even when considering building a gaming PC. Although the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 are absolutely fine for general desktop use such as web browsing and word processing they may bottleneck a gaming machine. A 20% price premium would buy the slightly older i3-4350 which has a 33% larger (4MB) cache but its only about 1% faster (full comparison here). Overall the i3-4160 represents the best value for money I have seen outside Intel's Pentium and Celeron range of CPUs. [Nov '14 CPUPro]

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Poor: 43%Average: 55.9% Great: 61%
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 44.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 98.5Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 97.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is just 18.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-4160 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 267Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 263Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,074 samples)
Min Avg Max
68.9 SC Int 97.6 106
72 SC Float 98.7 108
69.8 SC Mixed 98.5 107
78.6% 98.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
173 QC Int 242 268
193 QC Float 260 286
186 QC Mixed 255 281
57.1% 252 Pts
Min Avg Max
199 MC Int 250 269
211 MC Float 267 287
203 MC Mixed 263 284
38.9% 260 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 102
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 106
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 257
QC Float 286
QC Mixed 274
62% 272 Pts
MC Int 257
MC Float 285
MC Mixed 274
41% 272 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 262
QC Float 282
QC Mixed 278
62% 274 Pts
MC Int 260
MC Float 282
MC Mixed 276
41% 273 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 106
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 255
QC Float 276
QC Mixed 253
59% 261 Pts
MC Int 265
MC Float 274
MC Mixed 275
41% 271 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 89.1
79% 98.7 Pts
QC Int 261
QC Float 283
QC Mixed 273
62% 272 Pts
MC Int 260
MC Float 285
MC Mixed 282
41% 275 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,443,572 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 4,618 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
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Desktop
Desktop 49%
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Workstation
Workstation 27%
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Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $60

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $245

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-4160 Processor (3M Cache, 3.60 GHz)
Code NameHaswell
Launch DateQ3'14
Processor Numberi3-4160
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$117.00
Clock Speed3.6 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP54 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2013C

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4400
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Graphics Video Max Memory2 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedYes

Expansion Options

PCI Express RevisionUp to 3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No
Small Business AdvantageYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1150

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processor...

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent

3 months ago.

not for gaming but perfect for any other non multicore apps .. perfect for music making apps


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

25 days ago.

Cool processor


Good

16 months ago.

I rated this by accident, sorry. I can't undo. TT


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