Average Bench: 85.4% (91st of 1316)

Based on 21,200 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000A0650, BFEBFBFF000A0653 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-10100 CPU @ 3.60GHz

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 ($75 USD) for comparable gaming performance. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

Poor: 77%Average: 85.4% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i3-10100 averaged just 14.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i3-10100 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 89.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 126Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-10100 is just 15%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-10100 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 671Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 666Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,200 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.4 Memory 89.1 94.4
109 1-Core 126 132
215 2-Core 244 258
88% 153 Pts
Min Avg Max
375 4-Core 441 493
596 8-Core 666 692
71.1% 554 Pts
Min Avg Max
606 64-Core 671 695
45% 671 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.7
1-Core 126
2-Core 247
91% 157 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 686
74% 574 Pts
64-Core 685
46% 685 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.5
1-Core 126
2-Core 244
89% 154 Pts
4-Core 473
8-Core 666
74% 570 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 128
2-Core 244
89% 154 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 686
73% 570 Pts
64-Core 686
46% 686 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $122 @ launch in May '20
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Typical Core i3-10100 Builds (Compare 3,600 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 78%
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Workstation
Workstation 12%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte H410M H - $70

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $370

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-10100 Processor
Launch DateQ2'20
Processor Numberi3-10100
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache6 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.30 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size128 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Turbo Boost 3.0 TechNo
Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1200

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

10th generation Comet Lake processor...

Added 16 months ago.

Poor

6 days ago.

it cheaper but still really powerful


Good

12 days ago.

very very good principally here in Brazil


Excellent

22 days ago.

best and its even better than the ryzen 5 2600.3600


Good

2 months ago.

best cheap gamer chip for 2020


Good

14 months ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

it's just better.idk what else


Good

3 months ago.

i like it i like i likeee itttttttttttttttt


Good

2 months ago.

Budget cpu, medium graphics play


Excellent

16 months ago.

i7 7700


Excellent

12 months ago.

Great


Excellent

6 months ago.

Very good CPU for it's price (it was 101€) Never seen it go up to 100% even in high performance mode.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Great budget chip. Faster than the Ryzen 3 3100.


Excellent

4 months ago.

equivalent of i7 6700k


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