Intel Core i3-9100F Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2019 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 65W power rating. Core i3-9100F is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and part of the Core i3 series.
Price 100%
Speed 76%
Productivity 61%
Gaming 90%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 74 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.2 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 6 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 100 %
Speed Score 76 %
Productivity Score 61 %
Gaming Score 90 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 26.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 13.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6.7 %
Overall Score 45/100

The Core i3-9100F is one of Intel's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Core i3-9100F is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and is part of the Core i3 series.

Core i3-9100F is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i3-8100 processor that was based on the Coffee Lake and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i3-9100F absolutely nails this concept.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Intel Core i3-9100F 4-core desktop processor that was released in May 2019. Intel offers the Core i3-9100F without integrated graphics. It runs $74 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i3-9100F processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i3-9100F up for $74 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i3-9100F 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 i3-9100F 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 i3-9100F seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $74 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 i3-9100F does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 9 Gen Core Coffee Lake Refresh processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

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 LGA1151 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 90% in our benchmarks.

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 i3-9100F processors, which the company is making available as of May 2019.