Average Bench: 79.9% (189th of 1385)

Based on 24,563 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: 65%Average: 79.9% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i3-10100 averaged 20.1% 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 85.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 120Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-10100 is 21.6%. 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 Speed 611Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 596Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,563 samples)
Min Avg Max
59.9 Memory 85.3 94.7
102 1-Core 120 126
200 2-Core 229 250
81.5% 145 Pts
Min Avg Max
357 4-Core 402 444
506 8-Core 596 659
62.2% 499 Pts
Min Avg Max
518 64-Core 611 664
37.8% 611 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 92.5
1-Core 124
2-Core 242
86% 153 Pts
4-Core 429
8-Core 639
66% 534 Pts
64-Core 630
39% 630 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.4
1-Core 110
2-Core 228
78% 140 Pts
4-Core 430
8-Core 652
67% 541 Pts
64-Core 648
40% 648 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.7
1-Core 123
2-Core 240
83% 149 Pts
4-Core 400
8-Core 588
62% 494 Pts
64-Core 624
39% 624 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 122
2-Core 227
81% 144 Pts
4-Core 387
8-Core 595
61% 491 Pts
64-Core 622
38% 622 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.2
1-Core 121
2-Core 240
81% 147 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 588
61% 490 Pts
64-Core 610
38% 610 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 58,840,294 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $122 @ launch in May '20
AmazonUS $1054 mins
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Typical Core i3-10100 Builds (Compare 3,088 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 12%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Asus PRIME H410M-E

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $204

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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...

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17 days ago.

I wish I didn't cheap out on a cpu


Good

3 months ago.

cheap and slow not good with windows 11 at all, and overall not as good as its advertised for


Good

1 month ago.

even though its only and i3 it can run new games at ultra graphics with no lag with it also being very fast with a remarkable price i don't see changing out my i3 10th gen any time soon


Excellent

9 months ago.

nothing just good for minecraft


Excellent

7 months ago.

best cheap gamer chip for 2020


Good

2 years ago.


Terrible

16 months ago.

it's just better.idk what else


Good

2 months ago.

i like it i like i likeee itttttttttttttttt


Excellent

1 month ago.

Budget cpu, medium graphics play


Excellent

14 months ago.

This is a good processor, I really like it.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Great


Excellent

21 months ago.

equivalent of i7 6700k


Excellent

22 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

2 years ago.

Great budget chip. Faster than the Ryzen 3 3100.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Very good value for the price. Fast enough for daily tasks and light gaming. Even twice the price would not give 50% more performance (except for a few specific synthetic benchmarks).


Excellent

16 months ago.

Benchmark is raising. Best-recomendes for entry level


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