Intel Core i3-7100 Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 51W power rating. Core i3-7100 is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and part of the Core i3 series.
Price 51.7%
Speed 69%
Productivity 52%
Gaming 84%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 630
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 117 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.9 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.9 GHz
Power Consumption 51 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 3 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 51.7 %
Speed Score 69 %
Productivity Score 52 %
Gaming Score 84 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 40.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 20.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 10.2 %
Overall Score 33/100

The Core i3-7100 is one of Intel's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 51W power rating. The Core i3-7100 is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and is part of the Core i3 series.

Core i3-7100 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i3-6100 processor that was based on the Skylake-S and 14nm process and was released in 2015.

The Intel Core i3-7100 was rolled out on Jan 2017 for $117, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i3-6100. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Core i3-6100, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen 3 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i3-7100 on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i3-6100 with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 3 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i3-7100 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 3 1200 will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i3-7100 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i3-7100 up for $117 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i3-7100 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 51W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The gaming tests with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti installed in the test system showed the Intel Core i3-7100 was more capable than many might have expected. The basic entry-level processor from Intel that can be picked up for $117 was able to out perform the Ryzen 3 1300X that runs $129 shipped in the three games we tested on. We know that you can’t test on just three games and declare something the overall victor, but it just goes to show that 2-core processors can still manage to get by today. Being able to play current game titles and stream to Twitch on the Core i3-7100 was something we give playable results, but we were pleasantly surprised. As games become more threaded the ‘value’ in a 2-core processor continues to go down, but you can still get by with something like the Core i3-7100 in a pinch.

Bottom Line, the Intel Core i3-7100 does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 7 Gen Core Kaby Lake-S processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

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 Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i3 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the entry-level with its Core i3-7100 processors, which the company is making available as of Jan 2017.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i3-7100

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 i3-7100.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $22.3 111.9 FPS
114.6 FPS
77.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $11.9 108.9 FPS
111.6 FPS
75.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $7.1 98.8 FPS
100.2 FPS
67.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $31.7 94.7 FPS
97.1 FPS
67 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $7.5 93.4 FPS
93.8 FPS
62.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $8.7 87.6 FPS
89.4 FPS
60.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $5.7 87 FPS
86.3 FPS
58 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $14 85.9 FPS
86.3 FPS
59.4 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $8.1 85.9 FPS
85.7 FPS
56.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $4.8 83.6 FPS
83.4 FPS
55.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $6 82.5 FPS
80.7 FPS
54.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $5.1 78.1 FPS
75.1 FPS
50.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $4.6 76.6 FPS
76.5 FPS
50.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $6.7 74.4 FPS
73.1 FPS
48.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $4.8 73.5 FPS
69.1 FPS
45.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $3.9 72.3 FPS
71.6 FPS
47.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $21.5 69.7 FPS
67.6 FPS
47.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $7.2 69.5 FPS
69.4 FPS
45.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $5.9 68.9 FPS
67.7 FPS
44.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $14.9 67 FPS
65.1 FPS
43 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $4.3 65.6 FPS
64.5 FPS
42.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $6.1 65.2 FPS
64.9 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $6.3 63.5 FPS
61.8 FPS
40.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $3.7 61.8 FPS
60.8 FPS
40.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $11.1 58.3 FPS
57 FPS
37.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3.8 58.2 FPS
57.2 FPS
37.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $5.1 55.2 FPS
52.7 FPS
34 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $12.2 53 FPS
54.2 FPS
36.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $3.2 50.7 FPS
49.7 FPS
32.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $4 50.2 FPS
47.9 FPS
30.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $11 50 FPS
48.4 FPS
32.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $4.7 49 FPS
46.7 FPS
29.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $13.5 48.2 FPS
48.4 FPS
32.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $21.4 46.7 FPS
44.8 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $12.1 45.5 FPS
45.6 FPS
30.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $5.6 45.4 FPS
43.7 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3.8 45 FPS
43 FPS
27.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $9.8 43.8 FPS
43.7 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $3.9 43.1 FPS
41.5 FPS
27.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $7.8 42.4 FPS
40.4 FPS
27.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $9.7 41.2 FPS
40.7 FPS
27.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $8 40.9 FPS
39.9 FPS
25.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $4.2 40.4 FPS
39.4 FPS
25.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $3.9 38.6 FPS
37.6 FPS
24.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $5 36 FPS
35.3 FPS
23.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $7.6 30.3 FPS
29.4 FPS
19.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $9.2 27.2 FPS
26.5 FPS
16.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $7.4 27 FPS
26.2 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $6.4 26.6 FPS
25.9 FPS
17.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $10.6 26.4 FPS
25.9 FPS
16.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $7.7 26 FPS
25.1 FPS
16.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $7.4 22.7 FPS
21.9 FPS
14.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $4.7 21 FPS
20 FPS
13 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $7.7 20.6 FPS
19.6 FPS
13.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $7.4 20.2 FPS
18.4 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $7.5 20 FPS
17.8 FPS
12.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $7.6 18.5 FPS
17.7 FPS
11.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $8.3 17.9 FPS
15.2 FPS
10.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $5.4 14.6 FPS
14.1 FPS
9.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $5.6 14 FPS
13.4 FPS
8.4 FPS

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YakkieWakkie June 13, 2020
I was wondering if 2666 MHz ram would work in my 2400 MHz motherboard
i have a B250M PRO-VD motherboard and i wanted to upgrade my pc. My friend has CORSAIR 16GB 2X8GB 2666MHZ DDR4 VENGEANCE LPX BLACK and i was wondering if it would work with my motherboard (CPU: INTEL CORE I3-7100 )
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Lutfij October 07, 2009
Due to the processor the max frequency the rams will go on, while on that motherbaord will be 2400MHz. Also stated in the board's specs page. SO even if you dropped in DDR4-3200MHz ram kits/sticks, you're only going to have them run at DDR4-2400MHz.

So in a nutshell, you can drop any DDR4 rams in the board's ram slots but they will go to DDR4-2400MHz as the highest clocks. Might also want to make sure you're on the latest BIOS update for your motherbaord prior to getting the rams upgraded.
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thapasrijan12 May 21, 2020
i3 9100f on 82f2 mobo
Hi
So I m deciding to upgrade my pc for gaming.i currently have i3 7100 cpu and i ll be buying gtx 1650super . But idk I my cpu 'll bottleneck playing on high settings 60 fps . I have seen few benches of I3 7100 and the results were pretty bad compared with i3 9100f. So I decided to upgrade my cputo I3 9100f. But idk if it'llwork on my 82f2 mobo came along with my hp pavilion 570 p013wb. Help pls
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MadsModsat October 10, 2019
The LGA1151 socket used for 8th and 9th Gen is also sometimes referred to as LGA1151v2, since certain changes were made to the pin-layout of the socket itself, which means that despite an 8th or 9th Gen Intel Core CPU will physically fit into the socket on a 6th and 7th Gen compatible motherboard, the CPU won't actually work, because of the altered pin-layout.

There are no BIOS updates or similar, which can overcome that problem - it is a hardware limitation
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Killfer8 April 16, 2020
Which one to buy?
I am going to buy a PSU for this rig:

  • i3-7100
  • RX 570 4GB
  • 16 DDR4 2400Mhz
  • A 500gb SSD
I'll use it for normal gaming (Apex, LoL, CS:GO, Warzone, WWZ, etc...) And I'm between EVGA 500w BR and Corsair CX550. I'm on a budget. Which one would you recommend?
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Archaic59 January 06, 2015
Corsair CX550 is clearly a better quality PSU than the EVGA BR.
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graffspree April 15, 2020
Need 4k upgrade advice
So currently I have a Ryzen 7 7100, 16GB or RAM and RX580. I have been gaming on a 1080 monitor and performance has been fine. However, my main monitor is a Samsung U28E590D 4K monitor that I use for everything else. I would like to get rid of the 1080 monitor for more desk room. I don't use it for anything else. I don't even much like to use it as second monitor at that resolution.

Games I am playing are Grim Dawn, FarCry 4, DD Original Sin 2, Doom 2016, Final Fantasy XV soon. I don't play anything online/co-op.

I would like to be able to run my games at pretty high settings, but framerate has never been that big of deal for me. I'm limited to 60Hz on this monitor anyway. I have no interest in ray tracing for now.

What's my best bang for the buck?
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popatim December 02, 2009
RTX2070 at minimum if you can't wait for Ampere to be released, imo.
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Killfer8 March 30, 2020
My upgrade discussion
My actual PC is: i3-7100, 8GB DDR4... and that's about it. I have been planning an upgrade for a while now, since I use this PC for some games that can run under the actual config (CS:GO, LoL, etc..) But I want to play other games such as BF1, Apex Legends, WWZ, etc... And for that purpose I have designed in my head an upgraded Rig that only conserves the processor.

It goes: i3-7100, 16 DDR4 RAM , 480GB SSD , RX 570 4GB , 500 Watts PSU , this is the motherboard that I own. The thing is, would you change something that I am planning on buying? Just that it stays on the same budget. I don't plan on running COD Warzone at ultra 4k graphics, but I do want to run game smoothly enough at 1080p Mid-High-ish config. And is all my components compatible with each other?

Thanks in advance.
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NightHawkRMX January 01, 2018
Should be alright, although I would avoid the SeaSonic S12iii PSU since it's not actually manufactured by Seasonic despiting having the name.

$5 more gets you a Corsair CX550 80+ Bronze which is more trusted and has 50w more, which should leave more room for upgrades down the road.
https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-series-cx550-550w/p/N82E16817139202

Just keep in mind, your dual-core CPU may get overwhelmed by demanding games like battlefield leading to high usage and stutter.
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Pav4o_Pi4 March 19, 2020
Does the Processor matters for the compatibility of the ram
Hello i wanted to buy myself a ram 16gb for my new pc build so i was thinking will my processor supports ram higher than 2133/2400mhz


Mobo https://www.asus.com/bg/Motherboards/PRIME-H270-PLUS/specifications/

Processor
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/97455/intel-core-i3-7100-processor-3m-cache-3-90-ghz.html

Will a 2666mhz or 3000mhz ram will work on it?
Thank you
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CountMike October 31, 2015
About MB
4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR4 2400MHz memory frequency is only supported by 7th Generation Intel® processors. Higher memory modules will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2400MHz.
** Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR4 2133MHz and higher memory modules on 6th Generation Intel® processors will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2133MHz.
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Pav4o_Pi4 March 19, 2020
I need help for choosing ram
Hello i want some help choosing cheap RGB ram ddr4 16gb (2×8)

My mobo
PRIME H270-PLUS | Motherboards | ASUS Global Intel® H270 motherboard with 5X Protection III hardware safeguards, fortified SafeSlot Core PCIe® slot and LED lighting www.asus.com
My processor
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/97455/intel-core-i3-7100-processor-3m-cache-3-90-ghz.html

My gpu
https://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N1060G1-GAMING-6GD-rev-20#kf
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jeremyj_83 August 23, 2017
Your RAM is limited to DDR4-2400MHz. Fast RAM with XMP are limited to 2400MHz as well. The cheapest RGB I found is this one.
PCPartPicker Part List

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($83.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $83.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-19 11:58 EDT-0400
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Pav4o_Pi4 March 18, 2020
Will a ddr4 2666mhz ram matchwith my mobo and processor?
Hi i want to know will any 2666mhz ddr4 ram match with my motherboard and proccesoor?


Mobo:
PRIME H270-PLUS | Motherboards | ASUS Bulgaria Intel® H270 motherboard with 5X Protection III hardware safeguards, fortified SafeSlot Core PCIe® slot and LED lighting www.asus.com

Processor:
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/97455/intel-core-i3-7100-processor-3m-cache-3-90-ghz.html


Thanks!
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popatim December 02, 2009
https://www.asus.com/bg/Motherboards/PRIME-H270-PLUS/HelpDesk_QVL/

Nothing is certain when it comes to unknown memory modules thats why its best to shop for tested ram, either from the motherboard manufacturers QVL list or the memory manufacturers.

It should but will run at the slower 2400hz speed so you might be better off with slower ram that has tighter timings = better performance.
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julienruc February 25, 2020
Help with Intel CPU upgrade
Hi all,

I would like to help my friend upgrade his PC, however I am not as knowledgeable when it comes to Intel platforms.

Please keep in mind that he is on a very tight budget. This is his current build:
  • i3 7100
  • MSI H110M Pro VH Plus
  • 2x4GB 2400Mhz
  • 1Tb 7,200rpm
  • GT 1030
  • Corsair VS 550
He plays Fortnite competitively and thanks to recent winnings, he has been able to upgrade to a GTX 1650 Super.

He is asking me what his next step would be.

Personally I suggested to upgrade his PSU before he upgrades anything else. As well as possibly add a 120GB SSD to install Windows 10 on, but he told me that faster loading times and a snappier OS is less urgent for him and he seems quite adament on only replacing his PSU after the CPU upgrade, which I strongly advised against.

In any case, it is his build so I will simply stick to his requests. In this case being a CPU upgrade to reduce the bottleneck as he is getting only 60% of the FPS I am getting with my GTX 1060 6GB.

Now I noticed something weird... The motherboard's specifications lists thay it supports up to 6th Gen. How is it able to run the 7100?

Also, what CPU would you suggest for approx. 100€? France/UK/Germany.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Sohom March 06, 2017
this is the best i cud come up with as the budget is very tight..
PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/9bY87W

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£65.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H310M PRO-M2 PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£56.98 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £121.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-25 11:20 GMT+0000
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julienruc February 23, 2020
How hard is this bottleneck?
Hi all,

My friend just asked me for some help trying to solve his issue. He's getting lower FPS in Fortnite than expected after an upgrade. After getting some earnings through an in-game event, he upgraded his GT1030 to a 1650 Super, which I've heard has comparable performance to a GTX 1060 6GB. He's only getting 120 fps average as opposed to180 fps average after watching some reviews of the 1650 Super on Youtube.

After checking his specs, this is his current build:
  • i3 7100
  • Not sure which board he has
  • 2x4 GB 2400Mhz
  • 5400 Rpm HDD
  • Some cheap 400W 80+ unit from a local brand I don't recognise
Noye: Temps are fine. CPU 50c under load. GPU 70c under load.

I'm suspecting a bottleneck but it seems odd to me that the bottleneck from that CPU would be that big.

What do you guys think?
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Dunlop0078 February 13, 2014
What is GPU and CPU usage while playing with vsync off? That will show if you are CPU bottlenecked or not.

What settings and resolution is he running?

I would be pretty happy with a steady 120fps considering that GPU and CPU pairing. Here are some benchmarks of a 1650 super paired with an 8700k. The only time average FPS exceeds 120fps is 1080p medium and low or 1440p low settings.

https://www.gpucheck.com/compare-game-gpu/fortnite-battle-royale/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1650-super-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1650/intel-core-i7-8700k-3-70ghz-vs-intel-core-i7-8700k-3-70ghz
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Theott January 28, 2020
ssd Sata performace is may not be as fast as it should.
Hi all

I just upgrade from a i3 7100 to a i5 6600k

When windows booted up after the nrew cpu I skiped disk check. Good or bad?

My OS ssd is crucial bx500 960gb so not the fastest but it gets to 100% usage very easily. now

I have overclocked my cpu and the bclk clock which has helped with hard drive speed a little bit.

My bios is pcie gen 3 and sata mod is m.2 and ahci.

have a look at these benchmark scores are they corret? or am I worrying for nothing? are they slow?

I dont know to add a screenshot.

HD tune 65mb mim ,106mb max , Access time 0.4ms, burst rate 44.5mb cpu usage 26.9%

HD Tune setting are 64kb Block size and one step above Accurate.
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Darkbreeze June 24, 2014
What speed are they running at NOW?

I promise you, guaranteed, that there are absolutely zero 2400mhz memory kits out there that will run stable at 3100mhz unless it is a kit using Samsung B-die ICs, and probably, almost certainly, not even then.

The fact that the system didn't boot loop, or freeze, or blue screen, or exhibit other obvious signs of instability means nothing really. If you did not perform ALL of the stability testing outlined below, then you have absolutely no idea whatsoever whether the memory configuration was stable or not.





Testing your memory configuration to verify stability

Before you decide that this section is not worth your time or get lazy thinking you don't need to test because you you're system "seems" fine, with no obvious blue screens, freezing or restarting, let me make one thing VERY, VERY CLEAR.

ANY amount of instability in your memory configuration is enough to cause what are known as micro errors. This is a very miniscule error which, if it only happened one time might not ever be a factor but when it happens cumulatively in small increments over time, can result in complete and total corruption of your operating system, documents, game files, applications, music, movies, everything, to the point of being a complete and total loss with no chance of recovery.

Memory configurations that are not as close to 100% stable as possible are not a joke. They WILL eventually cause widespread corruption of the entire file system. Don't cut corners because it's simply not worth it. If you are unwilling to do the testing necessary to make sure the system is stable you should simply leave the memory at the default configuration and that includes NOT setting the memory to the XMP profile if the profile of the memory is beyond what the system automatically configures the memory speed and timings to by default. Do the testing. One day out of your life is not going to kill you but not doing it might make you wish you had died if you lose a lot of very important information and personal files that can't be replaced.



Memtest86


Go to the Passmark software website and download the USB Memtest86 free version. You can do the optical disk version too if for some reason you cannot use a bootable USB flash drive.

Create bootable media using the downloaded Memtest86 (NOT Memtest86+, that is a different, older version and is outdated). Once you have done that, go into your BIOS and configure the system to boot to the USB drive that contains the Memtest86 USB media or the optical drive if using that option.


Click here to download Memtest86 USB package

Create a bootable USB Flash drive:

1. Download the Windows MemTest86 USB image.

2. Right click on the downloaded file and select the "Extract to Here" option. This places the USB image and imaging tool into the current folder.

3. Run the included imageUSB tool, it should already have the image file selected and you just need to choose which connected USB drive to turn into a bootable drive. Note that this will erase all data on the drive.


No memory should ever fail to pass Memtest86 when it is at the default configuration that the system sets it at when you start out or do a clear CMOS by removing the CMOS battery for five minutes.

Best method for testing memory is to first run four passes of Memtest86, all 11 tests, WITH the memory at the default configuration. This should be done BEFORE setting the memory to the XMP profile settings. The paid version has 13 tests but the free version only has tests 1-10 and test 13. So run full passes of all 11 tests. Be sure to download the latest version of Memtest86. Memtest86+ has not been updated in MANY years. It is NO-WISE as good as regular Memtest86 from Passmark software.

If there are ANY errors, at all, then the memory configuration is not stable. Bumping the DRAM voltage up slightly may resolve that OR you may need to make adjustments to the primary timings. There are very few secondary or tertiary timings that should be altered. I can tell you about those if you are trying to tighten your memory timings.

If you cannot pass Memtest86 with the memory at the XMP configuration settings then I would recommend restoring the memory to the default JEDEC SPD of 1333/2133mhz (Depending on your platform and memory type) with everything left on the auto/default configuration and running Memtest86 over again. If it completes the four full passes without error you can try again with the XMP settings but first try bumping the DRAM voltage up once again by whatever small increment the motherboard will allow you to increase it by. If it passes, great, move on to the Prime95 testing.

If it still fails, try once again bumping the voltage if you are still within the maximum allowable voltage for your memory type and test again. If it still fails, you are likely going to need more advanced help with configuring your primary timings and should return the memory to the default configuration until you can sort it out.

If the memory will not pass Memtest86 for four passes when it IS at the stock default non-XMP configuration, even after a minor bump in voltage, then there is likely something physically wrong with one or more of the memory modules and I'd recommend running Memtest on each individual module, separately, to determine which module is causing the issue. If you find a single module that is faulty you should contact the seller or the memory manufacturer and have them replace the memory as a SET. Memory comes matched for a reason as I made clear earlier and if you let them replace only one module rather than the entire set you are back to using unmatched memory which is an open door for problems with incompatible memory.

Be aware that you SHOULD run Memtest86 to test the memory at the default, non-XMP or custom profile settings BEFORE ever making any changes to the memory configuration so that you will know if the problem is a setting or is a physical problem with the memory.

After your memory will pass Memtest for 4 full passes, it is still not necessarily stable, but it is a good start and you should move on the the last phase of testing using Prime95. See, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.




Final testing with Prime95

It is highly advisable that you do a final test using Prime95 version 26.6 or the latest version WITH AVX and AVX2 disabled, and run a custom configured Blend test. You can also use the Blend mode option as is, but after a fair amount of personal testing, asking questions from some long time members with engineering level degrees that have forgotten more about memory architectures than you or I will ever know, and gathering opinions from a wide array of memory enthusiasts around the web, I'm pretty confident that the custom option is a lot more likely to find errors with the memory configuration, and faster, if there are any to be found.

Please note as this is rather important, if you prefer, or have problems running version 26.6 because you have a newer platform that doesn't want to play nice with version 26.6, you can use the latest version of Prime95 with the Custom test selected but you will need to make the following change.

In the bottom of the Torture test selection popup menu there will be some options for disabling AVX. I recommend that you do so, not because we are doing thermal testing and require a steady state workload (Which AVX wouldn't affect anyhow, as Computronix explained to me), but because the last thing you need during memory testing is having to worry about CPU temperatures, and you will, with AVX enabled.

So, uncheck the option for AVX2. That will un-gray the option for AVX, and uncheck that box as well.

Now open Prime95.

Click on "Custom". Input a value of 512k in the minimum FFT size field. Leave the maximum FFT size field at 4096k. In the "Memory to use" field you should take a look at your current memory allocation in either HWinfo or system resource monitor. Whatever "free" memory is available, input approximately 75% of that amount. So if you currently have 16GB of installed memory, and approximately 3GB are in use or reserved leaving somewhere in the neighborhood of 13GB free, then enter something close to 75% of that amount.

So if you have 13GB free, or something reasonably close to that, then 75% of THAT would be 9.75GB, which, when multiplies times 1024 will roughly equal about 9984MB. You can average things out by simply selecting the closest multiple of 1024 to that amount just to keep it simple, so we'll say 10 x 1024= 10240mb and enter that amount in the field for "Memory to use (MB)". We are still well within the 13GB of unused memory BUT we have left enough memory unused so that if Windows decides to load some other process or background program, or an already loaded one suddenly needs more, we won't run into a situation where the system errors out due to lack of memory because we've dedicated it all to testing.

I've experienced false errors and system freezes during this test from over allocating memory, so stick to the method above and you should be ok.


Moving right along, do not change the time to run each FFT size. Leave that set to 15 minutes.

Click run and run the Custom test for 8 hours. If it passed Memtest86 and it passes 8 hours of the Custom test, the memory is 100% stable, or as close to it as you are ever likely to get but a lot of experts in the area of memory configuration suggest that running the extended Windows memory diagnostic test is also a pretty good idea too.

If you get errors, (and you will want to run HWinfo alongside Prime95 so you can periodically monitor each thread as Prime will not stop running just because one worker drops out, so you need to watch HWinfo to see if there are any threads not showing 100% usage which means one of the workers errored and was dropped) then you need to either change the timings, change the DRAM voltage or change the DRAM termination voltage, which should be approximately half of the full DRAM voltage.

There are also other bios settings that can affect the memory configuration AND stability, such as the SOC, VCCIO and system agent voltages, so if you have problems with stability at higher clock speeds you might want to look at increasing those slightly. Usually, for Intel at least, something in the neighborhood of 1.1v on both those is pretty safe. There are a substantial number of guides out there covering those two settings, but most of them are found within CPU overclocking guides so look there in guides relevant to your platform.

As a further measure of assurance that your WHOLE configuration is stable, you can download and run Realbench for 8 hours. If the system freezes or fails when running Realbench with your full memory amount set, try running it again but select only half your amount of installed memory.

Hopefully by now you have memory that is working correctly, in the full amount you purchased, and at the advertised speed and timings. I am certainly no expert in the area of memory architectures or very advanced configurations, but hopefully this has helped you to some degree and if there are questions I might be able to answer that were not addressed here, feel free to start a thread and PM me with a link to your question. Good luck and happy gaming, or whatever it is you do on your machine.
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Mystery43 January 05, 2020
Gpu Upgrade Question (rx 570)
CPU: Intel Core i3-7100
iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 630
MOBO: Asus H110M-R
RAM: G.Skill Aegis 8GB DDR4-3000MHz (F4-3000C16S-8GISB)
PSU: 500W


I want to ask if this gpu (XFX Radeon RX 570 8GB RS XXX Edition ) will work in my build.
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Dark Lord of Tech August 18, 2009
Not a good PSU , upgrade it with a decent 550w BEFORE GETTING A NEW CARD.
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Mystery43 November 25, 2019
RAM Upgrade Question
Hello,

This is my current build:

CPU: Intel Core i3-7100
iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 630
MOBO: Asus H100M-R
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR4-2400MHz (KVR24N17S8/4)
PSU: 500W

I want to ask if this RAM ( G.Skill Aegis 8GB DDR4-3000MHz (F4-3000C16S-8GISB) ) will work in my build as dual or single channel and at it's rated speeds.
I took a look at the memory support of the motherboard but it's not there.