Average Bench: 61.7% (477th of 1307)

Based on 23,800 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: 46%Average: 61.7% Great: 70%
Gaming
Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 38.3% 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 80.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 95Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is 24.5%. 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 255Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 253Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,800 samples)
Min Avg Max
60.2 Memory 80.6 94
58.7 1-Core 95 106
104 2-Core 167 198
68.8% 114 Pts
Min Avg Max
152 4-Core 248 280
185 8-Core 253 280
34.2% 251 Pts
Min Avg Max
179 64-Core 255 283
17.1% 255 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 92.7
1-Core 105
2-Core 185
77% 128 Pts
4-Core 261
8-Core 267
36% 264 Pts
64-Core 278
19% 278 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 103
2-Core 184
76% 125 Pts
4-Core 274
8-Core 279
38% 276 Pts
64-Core 276
18% 276 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.4
1-Core 102
2-Core 176
71% 119 Pts
4-Core 269
8-Core 267
37% 268 Pts
64-Core 269
18% 269 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.6
1-Core 105
2-Core 205
73% 128 Pts
4-Core 280
8-Core 282
38% 281 Pts
64-Core 282
19% 282 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 54.1
1-Core 99.2
2-Core 175
62% 109 Pts
4-Core 259
8-Core 213
33% 236 Pts
64-Core 231
16% 231 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 42,097,629 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 7,482 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: $357

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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

3 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

12 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 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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