Intel i3-8100 Coffee Lake CPU Review

Updated on April 18, 2018
whcobb profile image

I'm just a small time guy working a normal job as a physician assistant. My passion is building PCs and testing/reviewing PC hardware.

Intel i3-8100 Coffee Lake Computer Processor

Intel's Coffee Lake processor, the i3-8100
Intel's Coffee Lake processor, the i3-8100 | Source

Intel i3-8100 CPU Review

Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am going to be doing something I didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to do because of the costs. However, when a friend of mine asked me to tell him what I thought of his new Intel i3-8100 Coffee Lake processor, I was elated. So, I told him that if he’d bring it to me, I’d look at it and give him my thoughts. So, he brought it to me and here is what I found out.

Intel Core i3-8100 at Amazon

The Intel Core i3-8100 CPU was released on October 5, 2017 with an MSRP of $117. The processor is a locked 4 core, 4 thread processor, meaning we cannot overclock it from its 3.6GHz base clock frequency and comes with an L2 cache of 1MB and an L3 cache of 6MB and sports 16 PCI express 3.0 lanes. The CPU had Intel’s UHD 630 integrated graphics and supports up to 2400MHz of DDR4 RAM and draws just 65w of TDP. This processor should compete well with the Ryzen line (more on that later) and is comparable to Intel’s i5-7400 and 7500 CPUs. These processors are tough to get your hands on currently but they are attainable at Newegg, though it is fulfilled by OutletPC.com and is selling for $160.82; $43 above MSRP. The worst part of this processor currently is that if you want to get it, you need a Z370 chipset in your motherboard, an overclocking motherboard in which you have a CPU you cannot overclock. I suppose this is fine if you are desiring to upgrade to an 8700K in the future. The budget motherboards are coming early in 2018 but until then, if you want to take advantage of Coffee Lake, you will need purchase one of the Z370 motherboards, the cheapest being around $120 or so.

Test Systems

So, before I get into the benchmarks, let’s go over the test system and comparison system. The test system is of course, the Intel i3-8100 on an MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM in dual channel setup and clocked at 2400MHz. Rounding out this test build is the MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8GB GPU. For the comparison system, I went with the Ryzen 3 1200 on an MSI B350 Bazooka Motherboard, also with the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM in dual channel setup and clocked at 2400MHz along with the MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8GB GPU. Both systems are running at stock speeds on the processors and RAM. So, without further delay, let’s get to the benchmarks.

For processing power, I tested these chips in Cinebench R15. The i3-8100 held the edge over the Ryzen 3 1200 with a single core score of 151 and multicore score of 569 to the Ryzen 3’s single core score of 135 and multicore score of 483. Next, I moved onto PCMark 10. The i3-8100 scored 5306 while the Ryzen 3 1200 posted a score of 4837. Blender was up next where I tested these with the Ryzen chip graphic. The 8100 rendered the graphic in 61 seconds whereas the Ryzen 3 1200 rendered the same image in 82 seconds.

Gaming Benchmarks

Now, for the gaming benchmarks. I only tested 3 games today, with 2 being the more popular ones that everyone tests or are asked to test in Battlefield 1 and GTA V; threw in Battlefield 4 because it is currently the game I play most. So, in these tests, I tested the games at 1080p on the highest settings and AA off. In Battlefield 1, the i3-8100 averaged 122fps with a 1% low of 114 while the Ryzen 3 1200 averaged 106fps and a 1% low of 97fps. Next, I moved onto Battlefield 4 where the i3-8100 managed an average of 133fps with a 1% low of 113fps while the Ryzen 3 1200 fell behind again with an average of 111fps and a 1% low of 101. Finally, I closed out my testing with GTA V. Again, the i3-8100 outperformed the Ryzen 3 1200 averaging 102fps with a 1% low of 83fps versus the Ryzen 3 1200’s average of 96fps and a 1% low of 79fps.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. The Coffee Lake processors will absolutely compete with and outdo the Ryzen line of processors in almost everything it appears. However, these early benchmarks may be premature but it sure looks good for Intel. I must say, with the early stages of this release, these chips are looking really good and I had a really smooth and good experience. I do not however, think that I will be upgrading my i7-7700K Kaby Lake CPU to the new i7-8700K Coffee Lake processor given some of the other benchmarks already out there not showing a significant increase in performance in gaming, which is my primary use. Personally, if I was going to build with this CPU, I'd hold off until the budget motherboards come out in early 2018. I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you did, please follow me here on hubpages as well as on Twitter @TheGR8Cobb, Twitch: TheGR8Cobb, and YouTube. Any and all comments are appreciated and I look forward to having you back next time. Thanks.

Steve of Hardware Unboxed Reviews the i3-8100 and the i3-8350K processors (We got similar results)

Coffe Lake Purchase

Are you going to be purchasing any Coffee Lake processor such as the i3-8100?

See results

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, turbofuture.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://turbofuture.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)