Intel Core i3-10300 Review

Entry-level Desktop processor released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 65W power rating. Core i3-10300 is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i3 series.
Price 85.4%
Speed 79%
Productivity 66%
Gaming 91%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 143 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.4 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 85.4 %
Speed Score 79 %
Productivity Score 66 %
Gaming Score 91 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 24.6 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 12.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6.2 %
Overall Score 48/100

The Core i3-10300 is one of Intel's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Core i3-10300 is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i3 series.

Core i3-10300 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i3-9300 processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i3-10300 absolutely nails this concept.

This processor packs 4-cores and 8-threads in a mainstream package for the first time, and does it at a similar price point as the Ryzen 3 3200G, a processor with just 4-cores and 4-threads.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the Intel Core i3-10300 finally dethrones the Ryzen 3 3200G as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Core i3-10300 doesn't reach the same single-core performance as AMD, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

We covered the deep dive details of the Comet Lake chip design in our Intel Core i3-10320 and Core i3-10100 review, so head there for more information on the Core i3-10300's architecture, which is identical to the Core i3-10100.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i3-10100, the Core i3-10300 has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.7 and 4.4 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i3-10100's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i3-10300 at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Core i3-10300 offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Core i3-10300 offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Ryzen 3 3200G, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Core i3 chips, and Intel's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i3-10300 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i3-10300.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i3-10300 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i3-10300 up for $143 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i3-10300 retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Our look today at the Intel Core i3-10300 showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

The Intel Core i3-10300 seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $143 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Ryzen 3 3200G 4-Core unlocked desktop processor with Radeon Vega 8 graphics ($89 shipped).

Bottom Line, the Intel Core i3-10300 does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 10 Gen Core Comet Lake processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i3-10100 at $122. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 8-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.6GHz and maxes out at only 4.3GHz.

With Core i3, Intel continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Core i3, Intel has engineered Core i3 to operate on a LGA1200 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i3 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 91% in our benchmarks.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade H410, 4470, Z490 motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i3-10300

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i3-10300.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.5 232.4 FPS
199.5 FPS
127.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.5 202.5 FPS
173.8 FPS
110.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.2 154.9 FPS
133 FPS
84.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 17.6 142.3 FPS
126.1 FPS
81 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9.4 138.5 FPS
122.8 FPS
78.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.6 125.7 FPS
110.3 FPS
70.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 24.9 120.5 FPS
106.8 FPS
69.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.9 118.8 FPS
103.2 FPS
65.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.8 111.3 FPS
98.4 FPS
62.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.5 110.7 FPS
95 FPS
60.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 11 109.2 FPS
95 FPS
62 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.4 109.2 FPS
94.3 FPS
59.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.8 106.3 FPS
91.8 FPS
57.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.8 104.9 FPS
88.8 FPS
57.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4 99.3 FPS
82.6 FPS
52.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.6 97.4 FPS
84.2 FPS
52.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.3 94.6 FPS
80.5 FPS
50.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.7 93.4 FPS
76 FPS
47.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3 91.9 FPS
78.7 FPS
49.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 16.9 88.6 FPS
74.4 FPS
49.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.6 88.4 FPS
76.4 FPS
47.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.7 87.6 FPS
74.5 FPS
46.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 11.7 85.2 FPS
71.6 FPS
44.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.3 83.4 FPS
70.9 FPS
44.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.8 82.9 FPS
71.4 FPS
44.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.9 80.7 FPS
68 FPS
42.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.9 78.6 FPS
66.9 FPS
42 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8.8 74.1 FPS
62.8 FPS
39.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3 74 FPS
62.9 FPS
39.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 4 70.2 FPS
58 FPS
35.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.6 67.4 FPS
59.6 FPS
38.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.5 64.4 FPS
54.7 FPS
34.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.1 63.8 FPS
52.7 FPS
32.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.6 63.6 FPS
53.2 FPS
33.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.7 62.2 FPS
51.4 FPS
31.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10.6 61.2 FPS
53.3 FPS
34.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 16.8 59.4 FPS
49.3 FPS
32.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.5 57.9 FPS
50.2 FPS
31.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.4 57.7 FPS
48 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3 57.2 FPS
47.4 FPS
28.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.7 55.7 FPS
48.1 FPS
30.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.1 54.8 FPS
45.7 FPS
28.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6.1 53.9 FPS
44.4 FPS
29 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.6 52.4 FPS
44.8 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.3 52 FPS
43.9 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.3 51.4 FPS
43.4 FPS
26.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3 49.1 FPS
41.4 FPS
25.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.9 45.8 FPS
38.9 FPS
24.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.9 38.5 FPS
32.4 FPS
20.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.2 34.6 FPS
29.1 FPS
17.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.8 34.3 FPS
28.8 FPS
17.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 5 33.8 FPS
28.6 FPS
17.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8.3 33.5 FPS
28.5 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 6 33.1 FPS
27.7 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.9 28.8 FPS
24.1 FPS
14.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.7 26.6 FPS
22 FPS
13.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6.1 26.1 FPS
21.5 FPS
13.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.6 FPS
20.3 FPS
13 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.5 FPS
19.6 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 6 23.5 FPS
19.5 FPS
12.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.6 22.7 FPS
16.8 FPS
10.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.2 18.6 FPS
15.5 FPS
9.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.4 17.8 FPS
14.7 FPS
8.8 FPS

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Prestigious-One-5442 July 31, 2020

I need help finding my bottle neck In my pc.

Windows any YouTube work very well but when I get into a game (overwatch) it runs at really low frames. What should I buy to speed up the frames? This is what I already have

Tomahawk z490 Intel i3-10300 w/ integrated graphics Ddm4 2x8 gig ram Seagate barracuda

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rizzzeh July 31, 2020

integrated graphics is really not for games, you need dedicated graphics cards, something like 1660 Super is a good choice

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Nitegrooves July 31, 2020

Because he’s new and that’s what he was told to buy!

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The Core i3-10300 has the same hardware configuration as the Core i7-7700, for which Intel asked $300 before Ryzen came along. It is a 4-core/8-thread part with 8 MB of L3 cache shared between its cores.
Core i3-10300 processor released by Intel; release date: 30 Apr 2020. At the time of release, the processor cost $143 - $152. The processor is designed for desktop-computers and based on Comet Lake microarchitecture. CPU is locked to prevent overclocking. Total number of cores - 4, threads - 8. Maximum CPU clock speed - 4.40 GHz.
The Intel Core i3-10300 rewards you with 2 MB additional L3 cache and higher clocks, for $20 over the Core i3-10100. Is the upgrade worth it? In our Core i3-10300 review we'll also check if the more affordable AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is the better choice. Intel Core i3-10300 Review