Intel Core i3-8100 and Core i3-8350K Review: RIP Ryzen 3?

Though it is primarily a 7700Okay with two extra cores and some additional L3 cache, Intel’s Espresso Lake-based Core i7-8700Okay proved to be sufficient of an development over its Kaby Lake predecessor for us to crown it the brand new gaming king a couple of days in the past.

Nonetheless, we acknowledge that it might not be a lovely improve for present 7700Okay homeowners, to not point out that it is considerably costly at $360. With provide being very restricted in the meanwhile, shopping for one this 12 months may be difficult even in case you are .

With that in thoughts, we have bought the extra reasonably priced Core i3-8100 and 8350Okay to see what they’ve to supply.

For $180 the Core i3-8350Okay is almost a rebadged Core i5-7600Okay: each are 14nm quad-cores working at ~4GHz, however the 8350Okay is 25% cheaper and ought to be quicker because of a bigger 8MB L3 cache. In brief, you are primarily getting a bit of extra for rather less with the 8350Okay.

The Core i3-8100 goes for a way more interesting $120. Though it is locked at three.6GHz, it ought to be similar to the Core i5-7400 or 7500, sporting the identical 6MB L3 cache, however roughly 40% extra reasonably priced.

Whereas the Core i3-8350Okay is priced to compete with the Ryzen 5 1500X, the 8100 takes on the Ryzen three collection. The one drawback the locked 8100 half faces proper now could be the whole lack of funds motherboards. Z370 boards at present begin at $120, whereas B350 boards might be had for as little as $60 or about half the value.

We’re additionally to see how the 8350Okay compares to the Core i5-8400. The six-core 8400 is simply $10 extra and I believe I might moderately have the 2 additional cores for such a small worth improve moderately than the flexibility to overclock, however let’s have a look at what the benchmarks must say…

Benchmark Time

Reminiscence and Utility Efficiency

First up let’s take a look at the reminiscence bandwidth efficiency. These DDR4 dual-channel reminiscence controllers look to be good for round 31-39GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth when utilizing 3200 reminiscence.

For the reason that Core i3-8100 is a locked half, you will ideally need to function it on a less expensive motherboard that the Z370 fashions at present on supply. For now the choices are restricted so this implies anybody shopping for an eighth-gen Core processors should pair it with a Z370 board and with that you’ve unlocked reminiscence frequencies. On upcoming B360 boards for instance you’ll be restricted to DDR4-2400, so I’ve determined to check the i3-8100 utilizing each DDR4-2400 and 3200 reminiscence.

Right here we see when utilizing DDR4-2400 reminiscence the 8100 is restricted to a reminiscence bandwidth of 28.6GB/s. Rising the reminiscence velocity to 3200 boosts the bandwidth by 25% and this may little doubt help efficiency in numerous video games and purposes. In the meantime the unlocked and greater clocked 8350Okay was examined utilizing DDR4-3200 reminiscence and it managed 36.8GB/s of bandwidth.

Transferring to Cinebench we see that the Core i3-8100 is ready to outpace the Ryzen three 1300X in each the one and multi-threaded exams, so based mostly on this it is going to be a tough journey for the closely lower down Ryzen collection. The 8350Okay based mostly on frequency ought to solely be round 10% quicker than the 8100 however right here we see it with an 18% benefit, the one attainable rationalization being that the 33% improve in L3 cache capability helps it on this check.

Regardless whereas it smokes the Ryzen 5 1500X’s single thread rating it’s 16% slower for the multithreaded workload. So based mostly on this I count on the 8350Okay to punish the 1500X in most video games however path in a lot of the productiveness exams. I ought to observe that the 8350Okay solely simply beats the Core i5-7600Okay whereas it is 23% slower than the Core i5-8400.

Earlier than we get to fast take a look at the PCMark 10 scores. The 8350Okay really manages to outscore the Core i5-8400 right here whereas the 8100 beats each the Ryzen three 1300X and R5 1500X. The 8100 was 5% quicker when utilizing DDR4-3200 reminiscence against 2400, so not an enormous margin however a small enhance nonetheless.

Transferring to the Excel Monte Carlo simulation we discover that the Core i3-8350Okay is definitely a lot slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X, 24% slower actually. It was additionally 9% slower than the 7600Okay and 19% slower than the 8400.

The Core i3-8100 has extra luck because it was 18% quicker than the Ryzen three 1300X and 26% quicker than the Core i3-7350Okay. It is also value noting right here that the quicker DDR4-3200 reminiscence did not supply the 8100 a bonus on this software.

Subsequent up we’ve the VeraCrypt outcomes and right here the Ryzen three 1300X really pulled forward of the Core i3-8100, albeit by a slim margin. The Core i3-8350Okay roughly matched the 7600Okay however was 32% slower than the Core i5-8400. That mentioned, it was a minimum of 40% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X, so the 8350Okay will get a bit hosed on this software.

Leaping to the 7-Zip information we see that once more the 8350Okay simply cannot dwell with the R5 1500X, though it was solely four% slower for the compression workload, it was 25% when decompressing. The 8350Okay additionally will get fully annihilated by Intel’s personal 8400 because the Core i5 CPU was 35% quicker. The Core i3-8100 seems to be significantly better and it is ready to deal with the Ryzen three lineup with out a lot concern.

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