Average Bench: 63.8% (397th of 1239)

Based on 31,275 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: 46%Average: 63.8% Great: 70%
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 36.2% 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 85.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 94.9Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is 24.1%. 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 251Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 249Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 31,275 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.2 Memory 85.5 94
59.4 1-Core 94.9 107
106 2-Core 165 199
70.1% 115 Pts
Min Avg Max
135 4-Core 245 280
158 8-Core 249 281
33.7% 247 Pts
Min Avg Max
167 64-Core 251 282
16.9% 251 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.7
1-Core 102
2-Core 186
77% 127 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 276
38% 276 Pts
64-Core 269
18% 269 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93
1-Core 107
2-Core 188
78% 130 Pts
4-Core 279
8-Core 278
38% 278 Pts
64-Core 274
18% 274 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.3
1-Core 104
2-Core 174
74% 122 Pts
4-Core 276
8-Core 277
38% 277 Pts
64-Core 277
19% 277 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.1
1-Core 100
2-Core 145
70% 111 Pts
4-Core 228
8-Core 241
32% 235 Pts
64-Core 245
16% 245 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.9
1-Core 102
2-Core 166
70% 116 Pts
4-Core 250
8-Core 267
35% 258 Pts
64-Core 260
17% 260 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,568,575 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $117 @ launch in Sep '14
BHPhotoUS $1204 years
OutletPCUS $1302 years
EbayUS $15020 mins
AmazonUS $19416 months
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 14,241 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $50

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $380

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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 5 years ago.

Good

4 days ago.

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


Good

21 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.


Good

5 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

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


Terrible

24 months ago.

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


Average

15 months ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

2 years ago.

Cool processor


Good

3 years ago.

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


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