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Conclusions

By the collected data, we concluded that the Core i3-7100 is about 5% faster than the Core i3-6100. However, as the Core i3-7100 clock rate is 5% higher than the Core i3-6100’s, it looks like there was no performance gain inherent to the new seventh generation architecture. This was expected, since the main improvement on this new generation is the 4K decoding engine.

On the other side, comparing the Core i3-7100 to the Core i5 models we included, it is clear that the Core i5-7600K is far faster on some tasks, but on other applications (like most games tested) there is not much performance gain, which means the video card matters more than the used CPU. However, comparing to the Core i3-7100 and the Core i5-6500, we discover that there is a small performance gap, which means the Core i3-7100 has, as its predecessor, an excellent cost/performance ratio.

As the Core i3-7100 costs the same as the Core i3-6100, and performs a little faster, we can say it is a better deal. And as the Core i3-6100 was recommended by us, it is natural that we also recommend the Core i3-7100.