Average Bench: 41.5% (364th of 1184)

Based on 24,585 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: 29%Average: 41.5% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 42%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 26%
Raft

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 58.4% 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 95.1Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 168Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is just 18%. 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 253Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,585 samples)
Min Avg Max
60.4 1-Core 95.1 106
112 2-Core 168 200
63.1% 131 Pts
Min Avg Max
153 4-Core 248 280
172 8-Core 253 280
34.2% 251 Pts
Min Avg Max
178 64-Core 256 282
17.2% 256 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
1-Core 106
2-Core 202
73% 154 Pts
4-Core 280
8-Core 280
38% 280 Pts
64-Core 280
19% 280 Pts
LGA1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 105
2-Core 184
70% 145 Pts
4-Core 276
8-Core 279
38% 277 Pts
64-Core 281
19% 281 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 103
2-Core 188
70% 146 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 275
38% 275 Pts
64-Core 276
19% 276 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 91.2
2-Core 193
66% 142 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 262
36% 263 Pts
64-Core 273
18% 273 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 45.1
2-Core 84.2
31% 64.6 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 238
28% 212 Pts
64-Core 219
15% 219 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,982,629 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $117 @ launch in Sep '14
BHPhotoUS $1203 years
OutletPCUS $13017 months
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 10,588 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 27%
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Desktop
Desktop 48%
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Workstation
Workstation 25%
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Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $50

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Average Total price: $395

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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

13 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

21 months ago.

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


Good

4 years ago.


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Terrible

16 months ago.

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


Average

7 months ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

18 months ago.

Cool processor


Good

2 years ago.

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


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