Average Bench: 85.5% (66th of 1265)

Based on 1,405 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 for comparable gaming performance. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

Poor: 76%Average: 85.5% 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 90.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 125Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-10100 is just 16.2%. 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 667Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 662Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,405 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.9 Memory 90.4 95.4
109 1-Core 125 131
212 2-Core 242 257
88% 153 Pts
Min Avg Max
362 4-Core 435 495
571 8-Core 662 692
70.3% 548 Pts
Min Avg Max
597 64-Core 667 694
44.7% 667 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.4
1-Core 126
2-Core 231
88% 150 Pts
4-Core 440
8-Core 673
71% 556 Pts
64-Core 674
45% 674 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.8
1-Core 131
2-Core 258
91% 159 Pts
4-Core 460
8-Core 690
74% 575 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.3
1-Core 102
2-Core 216
76% 133 Pts
4-Core 425
8-Core 514
62% 470 Pts
64-Core 640
43% 640 Pts
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Approx. $122 @ launch in May '20
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Typical Core i3-10100 Builds (Compare 297 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 13%
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Desktop 79%
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Workstation
Workstation 12%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H410M H

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $219

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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

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