Average Bench: 62.5% (437th of 1276)

Based on 39,696 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: 62.5% Great: 70%
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 37.4% 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. Memory Latency 82.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 95.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is 23.7%. 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 253Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 251Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 39,696 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.8 Memory 82.6 93.4
64.5 1-Core 95.4 106
103 2-Core 166 200
69.5% 115 Pts
Min Avg Max
145 4-Core 247 280
156 8-Core 251 280
33.9% 249 Pts
Min Avg Max
158 64-Core 253 283
17% 253 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
Memory 94.8
1-Core 107
2-Core 185
78% 129 Pts
4-Core 277
8-Core 279
38% 278 Pts
64-Core 272
18% 272 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.2
1-Core 104
2-Core 199
75% 128 Pts
4-Core 276
8-Core 275
38% 276 Pts
64-Core 270
18% 270 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 98.9
2-Core 173
71% 118 Pts
4-Core 244
8-Core 243
33% 244 Pts
64-Core 244
16% 244 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,533,614 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 5,753 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 7%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3020

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $92

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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

20 days 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

9 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

23 months ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

2 years ago.

Cool processor


Good

4 years ago.

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


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