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Intel Core i3-10100 (10100T, 10100F) CPU

MSRP 122 USDNEX score 62%

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Product Overview

Intel Core i3-10100 is the entry point in Intel's 10th-gen Core, Comet Lake desktop PC microprocessor family. There is also a lower-powered variant, i3-10100T, that trades some performance for efficiency.
The Core i3-10100 comes with 4 cores and 8 threads and a single-core maximum frequency of 4.3GHz. It sports the same Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated GPU found in earlier Coffee Lake and higher-powered Comet Lake processors, though its boost clock is capped at 1.1GHz.
The low-power Core i3-10100T shares with the base chip the same core and thread count as well as technical features. It is clocked, however, roughly 20% lower. As a tradeoff, it has a TDP of 35W, as do other Comet Lake T-series processors. It can also run at a 25W, TDP-down mode, though the clock speed is further capped.
Alongside the i3-10100, Intel also markets the Core i3-10100F. The "F" designation means the i3-10100F does not come with the integrated graphics. Intel debuted this concept in 2019 in order to salvage chips with defective GPUs that are otherwise perfect. As a result, the i3-10100F shares with the i3-10100 all specifications except for the difference in integrated graphics. For desktop users with discrete graphics installed, the F-series chip may be an interesting option, thanks to its lower MSRP.
As a third refinement based on the 14nm Skylake process, the Comet Lake desktop processors offer an increase in core count, clock speed, and cache capacity over its predecessor. All Comet Lake Core processors feature hyperthreading, allowing two threads to run on every core.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Four-core/eight-thread AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
  • Excellent performance for a four-core CPU
  • Integrated UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics processor (IGP)
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 62% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Sleek design
  • Competitive price
Cons
  • No dedicated GPU
  • No integrated graphics
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
i3-10100
i3-10100F
i3-10100T

Connectivity

CPU Socket
FCLGA1200
PCI Express
16 lanes of 3.0 (1x16, 2x8, or 1x8 + 2x4)

Construction

Form Factor
Desktop microprocessor
Lithography
14 nm
Platform
Comet Lake

Dimensions

Size | Depth
37.5 mm
Size | Width
37.5 mm

Function

i3-10100Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630, base 350MHz, boost 1.1GHz, max memory 64GB
i3-10100TGraphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630, base 350MHz, boost 1.1GHz, max memory 64GB
Operating Temperature
Max 100°C T Junction
Processor | Cores
4 cores
Processor | Threads
8 threads
i3-10100Resolution
Max Resolution 4K DCI (4096 x 2304@60Hz via DP / 4096 x 2304@30Hz via HDMI)
i3-10100TResolution
Max Resolution 4K DCI (4096 x 2304@60Hz via DP / 4096 x 2304@30Hz via HDMI)
Security
Intel AES New Instructions, Secure Key, Intel OS Guard, Intel Boot Guard
Supported Technologies
Intel Optane Memory, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Virtualization Technology, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
i3-10100Thermal Solution
PCG 2015C
i3-10100TThermal Solution
PCG 2015B
i3-10100FThermal Solution
PCG 2015C

Performance

Cache
6 MB Intel Smart Cache
i3-10100Frequency
3.6 GHz Base | 4.3 GHz single core / 4.1 GHz all cores Turbo
i3-10100TFrequency
3.0 GHz Base | 2.4 GHz TDP-down | 3.8 GHz single core / 3.5 GHz all cores Turbo
i3-10100FFrequency
3.6 GHz Base | 4.3 GHz single core / 4.1 GHz all cores Turbo
Memory | Capacity
Supports up to 128GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz, max 2 channels, max 41.6 GB/s bandwidth
i3-10100Power Consumption
65 W TDP
i3-10100TPower Consumption
35 W TDP / 25 W TDP-down
i3-10100FPower Consumption
65 W TDP

Production

Debut
2020 Q2

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Intel's Core i3.3-10100 is often looked at as both a chip that can power games alongside a discrete graphics card, and one that can run the show all on its own. We run lower end CPUs that have IGPs through a series of games tuned to either near-lowest, or the lowest, settings at 1,280 by 720 pixel resolution (720p) The Ryzen 3200G, as its own budget gaming engine, regularly comes within spitting distance of hitting 60fps in 1080p, and it even manages to cross the boundary in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Competitive price
Cons
  • No dedicated GPU
  • No integrated graphics

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References

1. ^ Intel Core i3-10100 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/intel-core-i3-10100. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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