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Intro

The Core i3-7100 is one of the first seventh-generation Core i3 models from Intel, based on the Kaby Lake architecture, with two cores, Hyper-Threading, and 3.9 GHz clock. Let’s test it and check if is it faster than its predecessor, the Core i3-6100.

Recently, Intel launched the seventh generation Core i processors, codenamed Kaby Lake. At first, were launched the Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, and soon after, the Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron models. Those processors bring small changes compared to the sixth-generation ones: new video decoder for 4K video, improved Speed Shift technology (that dynamically adjusts the CPU clock,) and support to Optane technology (which is a future kind of high performance SSDs.)

Besides the Core i3-7100, there are other Core i3 CPU on this generation, like the Core i3-7100T (low-consumption), the Core i3-7300 (higher clock) and the Core i3-7350K (unlocked). The Core i3-7100 features 3.9 GHz clock, 3 MiB of L3 cache, and TDP of 51 W. It is manufactured under 14 nm process.

The Core i3-7100 comes, of course, to replace the Core i3-6100 on the market, coming even with the same price tag. So, we will compare both CPUs. The direct competitor of the Core i3-7100 is the A10-7860K from AMD, which we don’t have at the lab.

We also included of the performance comparisons the data obtained on the Core i5-7600K review, which is also based on the Kaby Lake architecture, so you can see which is the best CPU category for you, based on the use you will give to your PC and, of course, on your available budget.

Figure 1 show the Core i3-7100 box.

Core i3-7100Figure 1: the Core i3-7100 package

In Figure 2 you see the contents of the package: a small manual, a case sticker, the CPU itself and the stock cooler.

Core i3-7100Figure 2: box contents

Figure 1 unveils the Core i3-7100 CPU.

Core i3-7100Figure 3: the Core i3-7100 CPU

Figure 2 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Core i3-7100Figure 4: underside of the Core i3-7100

In our benchmarks, we used the integrated video for the processing tests. However, for the gaming benchmarks, we disabled the integrated video and used a GeForce GTX 1080 video card on both CPUs, in order to see how the CPU power impact games, not the iGPU.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.