IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX8070110100

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.6GHz, Comet Lake.
Release date: Q2 2020.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+23%
228 EFps
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+8%
102 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps 139 EFps +1%
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
+14%
118 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps +2% 131 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 196,581 user samples
194,345 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 84% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 84% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1272
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Battleship
2,236 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 77% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 77% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 62nd / 1272
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95.2 % Faster effective speed.
+11%
86.1 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.5 Pts +2% 90.6 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+8%
126 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+11%
244 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
529 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+20%
440 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
757 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+14%
664 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.9 Pts +1% 95.5 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+17%
132 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+19%
258 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
611 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+23%
497 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
887 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+28%
693 Pts
Market Share
Based on 34,630,971 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.22 % Hugely higher market share.
+713%
0.15 %
Value
Value For Money
104 % 110 % Slightly better value.
+5%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
222 % More popular.
+20%
185 %
Price
Price (score)
$199 $114 Much cheaper.
+43%
Age
Newest
24 Months 5 Months Much more recent.
+79%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 8 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +3% 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+7%
4.3 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
886 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+27%
695 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
764 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+14%
670 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Comet Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1200
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q2'20
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 6 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
4.60 GHz 4.30 GHz
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 8 GT/s
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 128 GB
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.10 GHz
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology ‡
2.0 2
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
3.0 3

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The i3-10100 is Intel’s entry level 10th generation Comet Lake processor and represents the best value for money within the line-up. This quad-core hyper-threaded 65 Watt processor ships with a cooler and is capable of 4.3 GHz single and 4.1 GHz all core boosts. Although the i3-10100 requires a new LGA1200 motherboard, Intel have guaranteed that LGA1200 will be compatible with the next generation of Rocket Lake CPUs, expected later this year. Running at stock (2666 MHz) RAM frequency handicaps performance by as much as 15% so gamers should pair the 10100 with a Z490 motherboard. This will both open an upgrade path to higher tier "K" tier CPUs and unlock higher XMP RAM speeds (here is one of the builds from our EFps test lab). When paired with an RTX 2060S, the 10100 lags just 13% behind the i9-10900K flagship. The 10100 allows budget gamers to allocate more money towards a better GPU which often results in a stronger overall gaming system. At a retail price of $122 USD, the 10100 competes against AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 3 3300X. Game EFps and effective speed benchmarks show that the 10100’s lower memory latency gives it the edge. In addition, unlike the 3300X, the 10100 also packs integrated graphics with Quick Sync hardware encoding, which alleviates the need for desktop users to purchase a separate GPU. In order to achieve better value for money, it is necessary to consider the older generation 9100F, which, when paired with a 2060S, is 39% cheaper for comparable gaming performance. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

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