Average Bench: 70.6% (388th of 1442)

Based on 81,392 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EB Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-8100 CPU @ 3.60GHz

Intel’s i3-8100 from their 8th generation of Core processors is a mainstream quad-core CPU. It is the entry model of the latest Coffee Lake line up with a clock speed of 3.6 GHz. Previously, i3 Kaby Lake processors had two cores with hyperthreading, but now, i3 Coffee Lake processors have 4 cores and offer much better value for money in terms of dollars per core. With a performance profile that closely matches last years mid range Kaby Lake i5's (the then go-to mid range gaming choice) and a price tag of just $120, the i3-8100 represents excellent value for money. Unfortunately, like all Coffe Lake processors, the i3-8100 does require a new 300-series motherboard even though it shares the same LGA1151 socket as the previous generation of Kaby Lake 200 motherboards. Intel were clearly mindful of AMD's similarly priced quad core Ryzen 3 1200 which achieves very comparable single, and quad-core benchmarks to the i3-8100.  [Oct '17 CPUPro]

Poor: 53%Average: 70.6% Great: 80%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i3-8100 averaged 29.3% 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 81.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 106Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-8100 is 27%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-8100 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 364Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 359Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 81,392 samples)
Min Avg Max
52.2 Memory 81.8 93.4
82.7 1-Core 106 112
168 2-Core 210 224
75.1% 133 Pts
Min Avg Max
236 4-Core 342 408
258 8-Core 359 419
46.5% 350 Pts
Min Avg Max
269 64-Core 364 420
22.5% 364 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.9
1-Core 110
2-Core 221
80% 140 Pts
4-Core 419
8-Core 420
56% 419 Pts
64-Core 412
26% 412 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.7
1-Core 110
2-Core 220
78% 138 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 396
53% 393 Pts
64-Core 395
24% 395 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.5
1-Core 108
2-Core 217
75% 135 Pts
4-Core 410
8-Core 409
55% 410 Pts
64-Core 421
26% 421 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.1
1-Core 108
2-Core 214
75% 134 Pts
4-Core 367
8-Core 372
49% 369 Pts
64-Core 372
23% 372 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.1
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 170
60% 107 Pts
4-Core 362
8-Core 390
50% 376 Pts
64-Core 391
24% 391 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 67,685,664 CPUs tested

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MSRP ≈ $130 @ launch in Oct '17
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Typical Core i3-8100 Builds (Compare 16,488 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 37%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $493

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-8100 Processor (6M Cache, 3.60 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'17
Processor Numberi3-8100
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2400
Memory Channels2
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16 or 2x8 or 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 TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

8th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 6 years ago.

Excellent

10 months ago.

was worth it in 2017 but now no


Disliked

8 months ago.


Good

18 months ago.

So good, for this money, its AWESOME!


Excellent

2 months ago.

It’s very good in this price


Good

3 years ago.

decent quad core cpu for budget builds if you want to go with intel


Excellent

12 months ago.

with four cores and four thread, it is still worse than the Ryzen 3 as it is locked an not overclockable.


Good

6 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Very good procesor with gtx 1050 2gb OC


Good

4 years ago.

Best budget CPU as of right now LOOL


Poor

2 years ago.

I think it's better than every older LGA1151 socket CPUs


Excellent

5 years ago.

One of the best valued i3's at the moment


Excellent

2 years ago.

Very good


Good

6 years ago.

It's an i5-7500 for an i3 price, with a modded socket. Intel's response to RYZEN.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Buy this silent beast with a b360m 1050ti and dual channel ram. It is performing very well with %85 bench score.


Excellent

8 months ago.

First CPU for my own built PC. Literally played anything on it. Long live the i3-8100


Excellent

6 years ago.

lmao its way better than my old 860k


Good

4 years ago.

Great 8th gen CPU. First 4 core I3. Nice to have in a medium build. I think go to the i5 9400f to upgrade a little.


Good

5 years ago.

Great processor at a cheap price. Recommended for starter gamers.


Good

4 years ago.

130€ pour ce processeur incroyable, bonne performance pour du gaming


Excellent

2 years ago.

nice eco gaming 1080p


Excellent

5 years ago.

4th in benchmarking 85% perfect CPU

Info  www.userbenchmark.com/...

nice one :)


Good

23 months ago.

Served me well for 3 years, until i upgraded to an i5-9600K to get rid of the bottleneck with my new GTX 1650. Super good performance, but you can get much better CPUs for a cheaper price today, this one is not worth it anymore.


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