Intel Launched Core i3-10100F Processor - This ~$80 CPU The New Budget Gaming King? - PC SEEKERS

Intel Launched Core i3-10100F Processor - This ~$80 CPU The New Budget Gaming King?

Intel recently launched a new budget desktop CPU to its 10th gen line-up. The new Core i3-10100F (10th Gen) is meant to be direct replacement for the Core i3-9100F (9th Gen). Intel announced their 10th Gen desktop processors on 27th May. These processors are still based on the 14nm process node. In the budget Core i3 segment Intel announced the 10320, 10300, 10300T, 10100, 10100T - all of these CPUs have an integrated GPU (iGPU) inside them. Today Intel launched a new 10th Gen Core i3 CPU without an iGPU for the gamers who want to game on a budget and pair a cheap CPU (without an iGPU) with a lower to mid-range graphics card. Will this 4 core 8 thread Core i3 10100F ~$80 USD processor be the new budget gaming king? Lets analyze.

Before we begin, let me just give you a tip - if you already do not know - the 'F' SKUs in Intel's CPU line-up, for example the Core i9 10900KF, indicate that the CPU does not have an integrated GPU (iGPU) inside it. You will need to pair these 'F' SKU CPUs with a discrete graphics card to get any display out-put to your monitor.

Now coming to the new Core i3-10100F, this is a 4 core 8 thread CPU costing you around $79 - $97 USD (remember 4 years ago these 4 cores 8 thread CPUs would cost you upwards of $300 and used to be high-end parts, this has now changed thanks to the competition from AMD). Note that this pricing is set by Intel for bulk purchases of 1000 CPUs. In the retail market you should be able to buy these CPUs for around the $80 - $100 USD price bracket given that the Core i3-10100 itself now costs $114.99 USD new (launch price was $122 for bulk purchase of a 1000 CPUs).

The CPU has a base frequency of 3.6GHz with Max Turbo frequency of 4.3GHz with 6MB of cache. These specifications are exactly same as that of the Core i3-10100 except the previously discussed fact that the iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics 630) is ripped off of the 'F' SKUs - the Core i3-10100F in this case. This lack of iGPU should reduce the cost of the SKU compared to its 'non-F' counterpart. It also has a 65W TDP.
Motherboard Support:

This CPU will be supported on any LGA1200 socket motherboard - to put it simply it will be supported on any 400 Chipset Series motherboard like the Z490, H410, H470, Q470, B460 motherboards with out of the box compatibility. I would recommend for a budget CPU like this get a low-end to decent mid-range B460 board to pair with it so that you can upgrade to a new higher core count CPU later down the line without having to change the motherboard.

For cooling the CPU, it comes with an in-box Intel provided cooler if you wish to stay under your budget and do not wish to spend extra on a CPU cooler for a low-end CPU.

With this CPU you won't be able to leverage the latest technologies like Intel Thermal Velocity Boost which is, for now, only limited to the high end CPU the 10900K.


The i3-10100F is the exact replica of the i3-10100 except the iGPU. So on the CPU front the i3-10100F should perform exactly the same as the i3-10100. Though it is to be noted that to get any kind of display output from your setup you will need to add a GPU to your build to be able to have a display output to as well as to enjoy your games.
Any AMD CPU In This Price?
Well the cheapest Ryzen 3 CPU based on the Zen 2 architecture is the Ryzen 3 3100 which is going for around $124.15 USD and the only AMD CPU around the $100 price point is the Ryzen 3 3200G which is based on the Zen+ architecture which is still a great APU but if you wish to pair it with a graphics card, then sure Intel 10th gen is the way to go over the Zen+ APU.
Which Graphics Card To Pair With The i3-10100F?

I would recommend you to pair it only with a low end GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super or the AMD Radeon RX 5500XT and below. You can take the risk of going upto with an RTX 2060 or the RX 5600XT but I am pretty sure nobody would want to lose GPU performance because of a CPU bottleneck.

Are you going to buy the Intel Core i3-10100F? Or will you wait tell AMD announces their Ryzen 3 5000 CPUs? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

Source: Intel

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