Intel appears to have launched a new entry-level processor, bringing the battle to AMD’s Ryzen 3 3000 series. The new Intel Core i3-10100F is accurately identical to the Core i3-10100 but without an integrated graphics card, as the “F” suffix implies.
As reported by Tom’s Hardware, Intel’s Core i3-10100F is based on the 14nm Comet Lake design and features a 4-core/8-thread configuration. With a core clock of 3.6GHz, which boosts up to 4.3GHz, this processor is measured with a 65W TDP.
Given its sub $100 price point and designations, Intel appears to be aiming at taking some entry-level CPU market share from the red team. AMD’s equivalent Ryzen 3 3300X has moved out of stock in most regions since its launch, with the only choices left being the inferior Ryzen 3 3100 or the Intel Core i3-10100. Now, with the forthcoming Core i3-10100F, Intel has a cheaper alternative with somewhat similar specifications. Both the Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 are ready at about the same price, but the Intel Core i3-10100F will be cheaper without losing much production and, unlike the Ryzen 3 3300X, it will be possible.
Other things to contemplate between both Intel and AMD options are the stock cooler incorporated in the package of each CPU. The AMD Wraith Stealth CPU cooler is generally acknowledged as being superior to the Intel stock cooler. Other options that don’t turn away much from the price of these processors are the AMD Ryzen 5 1600, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, and the Ryzen 5 1600AF, also priced very comparable to the Ryzen 3 3100. These offer more cores and threads, but their single-core performance is a tad secondary, which might be less than optimal for gaming.
The Intel Core i3-10100F is set to discharge in the Q4 2020, priced between $79 and $97.