Sunday, October 11th 2020
Intel launched the Core i3-10100F, an interesting option for entry-level gaming PC builds. This 4-core/8-thread processor lacks an iGPU, unlike the $120 Core i3-10100, but that shaves nearly a quarter off of its price, with the Intel ARK page for the chip reporting a price band of $79-$97 (per chip in 1,000-unit quantities). The lack of an iGPU means that the chip is targeted at gaming PC builds with discrete graphics cards. It otherwise has the same specs as the i3-10100, with four cores based on the 10th Generation "Comet Lake-S" microarchitecture, nominal clock speeds of 3.60 GHz with 4.30 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB of shared L3 cache, a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller that natively supports DDR4-2667 memory, and 65 W TDP. Its retail package includes a cooling solution. The i3-10100F should be drop-in compatible with any Socket LGA1200 motherboard. Do catch our review of the i3-10100, which should give you an idea of how the i3-10100F should perform.