Average Bench: 54.6% (293rd of 1147)

Based on 19,681 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]

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Poor: 37%Average: 54.6% Great: 61%
Gaming
Gaming 55%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 45.4% 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

Single Core Integer Speed 96.1Pts
Single Core Floating Point Speed 97.6Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is 23.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-4160 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 263Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 257Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,681 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.1 SC Int 96.1 106
71.9 SC Float 97.6 108
65.9 SC Mixed 95.7 106
77.2% 96.5 Pts
Min Avg Max
148 QC Int 238 266
167 QC Float 256 285
154 QC Mixed 250 280
56.2% 248 Pts
Min Avg Max
179 MC Int 245 267
194 MC Float 263 286
188 MC Mixed 257 283
38.2% 255 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 105
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 106
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 263
QC Float 288
QC Mixed 276
62% 276 Pts
MC Int 267
MC Float 286
MC Mixed 281
42% 278 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 99
SC Float 107
SC Mixed 105
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 255
QC Float 278
QC Mixed 266
60% 266 Pts
MC Int 259
MC Float 281
MC Mixed 275
41% 272 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 81.6
SC Float 93.1
SC Mixed 95.8
72% 90.2 Pts
QC Int 249
QC Float 272
QC Mixed 264
59% 262 Pts
MC Int 258
MC Float 281
MC Mixed 275
41% 271 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.1
SC Float 92.3
SC Mixed 91.4
75% 93.3 Pts
QC Int 228
QC Float 255
QC Mixed 252
56% 245 Pts
MC Int 234
MC Float 232
MC Mixed 242
35% 236 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 100
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 176
QC Float 253
QC Mixed 229
50% 219 Pts
MC Int 229
MC Float 264
MC Mixed 228
36% 240 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,638,735 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 7,901 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 36%
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Desktop
Desktop 50%
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Workstation
Workstation 28%
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Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $50

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $384

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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 4 years ago.

Good

6 months 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

14 months ago.

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


Good

4 years ago.


Terrible

9 months ago.

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Average

23 days ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

11 months ago.

Cool processor


Good

2 years ago.

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


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