Average Bench: 53.2% (323rd of 1206)

Based on 27,885 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: 41%Average: 53.2% Great: 59%
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 26%
Raft

Average average bench

The Intel Core i3-4160 averaged 46.7% 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 96.8Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 169Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-4160 is just 17.4%. 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 258Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 257Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 27,885 samples)
Min Avg Max
68 1-Core 96.8 106
124 2-Core 169 200
64% 133 Pts
Min Avg Max
168 4-Core 253 280
193 8-Core 257 281
34.8% 255 Pts
Min Avg Max
191 64-Core 258 283
17.3% 258 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, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 103
2-Core 184
69% 144 Pts
4-Core 278
8-Core 272
38% 275 Pts
64-Core 279
19% 279 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 104
2-Core 181
69% 143 Pts
4-Core 262
8-Core 274
36% 268 Pts
64-Core 265
18% 265 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
1-Core 91.9
2-Core 207
69% 149 Pts
4-Core 278
8-Core 280
38% 279 Pts
64-Core 281
19% 281 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
1-Core 97.4
2-Core 177
66% 137 Pts
4-Core 251
8-Core 256
34% 254 Pts
64-Core 275
18% 275 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 23,934,273 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $117 @ launch in Sep '14
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Typical Core i3-4160 Builds (Compare 11,951 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 31%
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Desktop
Desktop 49%
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Workstation
Workstation 25%
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Motherboard: Asus H81M-K - $50

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $399

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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

16 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

2 years ago.

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


Good

5 years ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Terrible

20 months ago.

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


Average

11 months ago.

dpf-msi


Excellent

22 months ago.

Cool processor


Good

3 years ago.

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


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