Average Bench: 61.9% (477th of 1316)

Based on 44,397 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]

Poor: 48%Average: 61.9% Great: 70%
Gaming
Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 38.1% 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. Memory Latency 80.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 94.6Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is 21.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-4160 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 256Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 255Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,397 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.8 Memory 80.9 92.9
60.4 1-Core 94.6 106
107 2-Core 167 200
68.8% 114 Pts
Min Avg Max
156 4-Core 249 280
176 8-Core 255 281
34.3% 252 Pts
Min Avg Max
175 64-Core 256 283
17.1% 256 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 99.8
2-Core 188
76% 126 Pts
4-Core 274
8-Core 279
38% 276 Pts
64-Core 278
19% 278 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
Memory 88.7
1-Core 106
2-Core 203
78% 133 Pts
4-Core 280
8-Core 280
38% 280 Pts
64-Core 278
19% 278 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.7
1-Core 92.5
2-Core 158
67% 110 Pts
4-Core 253
8-Core 263
35% 258 Pts
64-Core 268
18% 268 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.5
1-Core 104
2-Core 165
69% 115 Pts
4-Core 274
8-Core 259
37% 266 Pts
64-Core 255
17% 255 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 89
1-Core 36.4
2-Core 76.6
47% 67.3 Pts
4-Core 78.1
8-Core 215
17% 147 Pts
64-Core 221
15% 221 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,115,609 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 8,597 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 24%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 19%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $50

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $359

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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 6 years ago.

Poor

7 months ago.

its okay i can play rdr 2 gta and cod with it


Good

2 years ago.

As a dual-core, it performs very well compared to others and even games quite well, however getting a used i5 or i7 would be of much better value.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.


Good

16 months ago.

good cpu for desktop, programming, if your budget is low


Terrible

3 years ago.

QUE ME ESTÁ DEJANDO CORTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SEA MI VIDAAAAAA, ME LAGUEA EN TILDE TOWERSSSSS


Average

2 years ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

3 years ago.

Cool processor


Good

4 years ago.

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


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