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.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i3-9100F

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 i3-9100F.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.6 225.9 FPS
197.2 FPS
126.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.6 196.9 FPS
171.9 FPS
110.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.3 150.6 FPS
131.5 FPS
84.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 18.1 138.3 FPS
124.7 FPS
80.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9.7 134.6 FPS
121.4 FPS
78.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.7 122.2 FPS
109 FPS
70.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 25.6 117.1 FPS
105.6 FPS
69.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 6.1 115.5 FPS
102 FPS
65 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 7 108.2 FPS
97.3 FPS
62.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.6 107.6 FPS
93.9 FPS
60.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 11.3 106.1 FPS
93.9 FPS
61.7 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.6 106.1 FPS
93.3 FPS
58.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.9 103.4 FPS
90.7 FPS
57.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.9 102 FPS
87.8 FPS
57 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4.1 96.5 FPS
81.7 FPS
52.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.7 94.7 FPS
83.2 FPS
52.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.4 92 FPS
79.6 FPS
50.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.9 90.8 FPS
75.1 FPS
47.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3.1 89.3 FPS
77.8 FPS
48.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 17.4 86.2 FPS
73.5 FPS
49.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.8 85.9 FPS
75.5 FPS
47.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.8 85.2 FPS
73.7 FPS
46.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 12.1 82.8 FPS
70.8 FPS
44.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.4 81 FPS
70.1 FPS
44.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 5 80.5 FPS
70.6 FPS
44.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 5.1 78.4 FPS
67.2 FPS
42.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 3 76.4 FPS
66.2 FPS
41.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 9 72.1 FPS
62 FPS
39.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3.1 71.9 FPS
62.2 FPS
39.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 4.1 68.3 FPS
57.3 FPS
35.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.9 65.5 FPS
59 FPS
38.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.6 62.6 FPS
54 FPS
34 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.2 62.1 FPS
52.1 FPS
32 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.9 61.8 FPS
52.6 FPS
33.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.8 60.5 FPS
50.8 FPS
31.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10.9 59.5 FPS
52.7 FPS
33.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 17.3 57.7 FPS
48.7 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.8 56.3 FPS
49.6 FPS
31.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.5 56.1 FPS
47.5 FPS
30 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3 55.6 FPS
46.8 FPS
28.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.9 54.2 FPS
47.6 FPS
30.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.2 53.3 FPS
45.2 FPS
28.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6.3 52.4 FPS
43.9 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.9 50.9 FPS
44.3 FPS
28.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.5 50.6 FPS
43.4 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.4 49.9 FPS
42.9 FPS
26.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3.1 47.7 FPS
40.9 FPS
25.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 4 44.6 FPS
38.4 FPS
24.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 6.1 37.5 FPS
32 FPS
20.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.4 33.6 FPS
28.8 FPS
17.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 6 33.4 FPS
28.5 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 5.1 32.9 FPS
28.2 FPS
17.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8.6 32.6 FPS
28.1 FPS
16.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 6.2 32.2 FPS
27.4 FPS
17 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 6 28 FPS
23.8 FPS
14.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.8 25.9 FPS
21.8 FPS
13.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6.3 25.4 FPS
21.3 FPS
13.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 6 24.9 FPS
20 FPS
13 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 6 24.8 FPS
19.4 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 6.1 22.9 FPS
19.3 FPS
12 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.7 22.1 FPS
16.6 FPS
10.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.4 18.1 FPS
15.3 FPS
9.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.6 17.3 FPS
14.5 FPS
8.7 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

berr1234 July 13, 2020

Im wondering if i3 9100F will bottleneck with gtx 1650 super.Hello Im buying a new pc im not sure for bottleneck if anyone can help me i will be so happy.

The pc that im buying has this specs I3 9100F Gtx 1650 super 16gb ram H310 motherboard Im wondering if i3 9100F will bottleneck with gtx 1650 super.

IPlayVideo July 13, 2020

Honestly, if you are getting such a low budget pc, going used will be the way to get a decent gaming experience

rizzzeh July 13, 2020

1650 will hit the wall before i3, it is reasonable pairing.

minorrex July 18, 2020

Help! 9100f with better GPU or 9400f with worse GPU?

Hello everyone,

I'm planning to build a PC that I will be gaming with, but my budget is very limited. I need to choose between these:

Using an i3 9100f with a GTX 1650 Super or 1660

Using an i5 9400f with a GTX 1650

I can't buy 10th gen Intel CPUs because they are not available in my country right now and when they arrive, they'll be illogically expensive.

Also, I want to know whether I can save on the motherboard by choosing the i3 9100f. The problem I'm afraid to have with the 9100f is the low core count. I currently have problems with running games like Battleflield 1, Planetside 2, and Apex Legends. Also I'm losing massive fps when talking on Discord while gaming. My current setup is an Asus FX553 laptop with i5 7300hq and GTX 1050 4GB.

Note: 9400f costs twice as 9100f here.

Thanks in advance.

Cha_Fa July 15, 2020

Using an i3 9100f with a GTX 1650 Super or 1660

just saying but you rpobably will be cpu limited with the 4core before you will use that 1660 at full load (unless you're playing at 4k but that is not a card for 4k in general).

also you mentioned planetside 2? go for the 9400f, i had it before going for a 9600k and it was good for ps2 (max settings with shadows quality on low, normally 60+fps).

try also find some good ram kits tho? my guess you will use it with a 2666mhz ram max motherboard, so buy 3000-3200 sticks and work on the latency at 2666, help a lot with ps2 (i used a 3200 stick at 2666 cl 12-13-13-28)

so the 9400f 1650 is definitely more balanced.

minorrex July 14, 2020

Thanks a lot for your advice. I also think the same. I might go for 9400f 1650 since I only play on a 60hz monitor, and I can upgrade the GPU later.

I have this weird problem in ps2 on my laptop that CPU maxes out and my aim freezes. I don't want that again. 😬

I was only wondering if the much lower base frequency on 9400f is going to be a problem or not. Does it matter?

Akira13645 July 14, 2020

just saying but you rpobably will be cpu limited with the 4core before you will use that 1660 at full load (unless you're playing at 4k but that is not a card for 4k in general).

A 9100f can definitely push a 1660 to full utilization.

tupseh July 16, 2020

What's the used market like in your country? Could you get a 1060 6gb or rx 580 for less than the 1650 super? They perform similarly but might cost less.

minorrex July 09, 2020

I won't be going for used cards as it's very risky. High possiblity that they're mined.

S1iceOfPie July 15, 2020

Can you stretch your budget and get a 9400F with a 1650 Super? The Super should only cost a little bit more than the non-Super but give you a solid performance boost. Avoid the 1650 if you can as it isn't a great value.

And get the Super at a minimum if you want to do any streaming. The non-Super doesn't have Nvidia's Turing NVENC encoder.

Your biggest cost difference would (or should) be between the 9100F and 9400F.

The 9100F just isn't a great CPU for gaming. Locked RAM speeds and no hyperthreading means it won't do as well in those modern games you're looking to play. It also won't age well into the future at all.

minorrex July 09, 2020

The 9400f and 1650 Super was my perfect choice, but since we have lots of problems here in my country, the prices just don't stay the same. 1650 Super got about 50% more expensive in just a week. So.... Yeah 😕

Akira13645 July 15, 2020

The 9100f / better GPU route will give you better framerates overall.

minorrex July 15, 2020

Problem is that many recent titles are utilizing mutli-core CPUs, such as AC Odyssey which needs lots of cores for running those two DRMs. Also multiplayer games with lots of players (BF1 and PS2) will definitely use some extra core power.

dedoha July 15, 2020

1650 is a horrible card, 9100f will need to be upgraded soon too. In your not so great situation I would personally wait for prices to drop or until you can get more money.

BTW what country are you from?

minorrex July 15, 2020

Unfortunately there'll be no price drop here. My best choice would be pairing a 9600K with a 1650 Super, if I ever can.

Killomen45 July 12, 2020

Wouldn't you be better off with a 1600AF or a ryzen 3100?

minorrex July 12, 2020

I just checked and it seems that Ryzen 3100 is coming here and is cheaper than the 9400f. I might go with that then. It's a great CPU, honestly. Also the stock cooler seems to be sufficient for gaming (non OC), so I'll save a bit for that, too.

minorrex July 16, 2020

No, mate. I can't buy AMD parts as such. They're quite expensive here.

justunga June 10, 2020

I need help to decide between a Intel Core i3-9100F and a AMD Ryzen 5 3600

It's the first time I try to buy a pc part so I don't know if this dilemma is stupid for some people.

I looked through and it seems like those two CPU are as good but the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is much more expensive than the Intel Core i3-9100F.

So am I missing something or does this price difference is due to some obscure marketing reason?

SmileAsTheyDie June 10, 2020

R5 3600.

Userbenchmark is not a trustworthy source to determine the difference between 2 CPU's.

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The Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core LGA 1151 Processor from Intel has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and comes with features such as Intel Optane Memory support, Intel VT-x virtualization technology, Intel VT-d virtualization technology for directed I/O, and Intel VT-X with EPT. This processor features a boost speed of up to 4.2 GHz. Additionally, there are 4 cores with 4 threads in an LGA 1151 ...
Intel Core I3 9100F UnixBench Dhrystone 2 Benchmark. Here are the whetstone results: Intel Core I3 9100F UnixBench Whetstone Benchmark. One of the simple items that the Core i3-9100F lacks is hyper-threading or SMT. It is a four-core, four-thread part. There are scenarios like these where simply not having more threads hurts the chips. Buy Intel Core i3-9100F 9th Gen Desktop Processor 4 Core Up to 4.2 GHz LGA1151 300 Series 65W (Discrete Graphics Required) online at low price in India on Check out Intel Core i3-9100F 9th Gen Desktop Processor 4 Core Up to 4.2 GHz LGA1151 300 Series 65W (Discrete Graphics Required) reviews, ratings, features, specifications and more at
The Intel Core i3 9100f comes with a quad-core quad thread setup. It has a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. It doesn’t come with an integrated GPU which explains its cheaper pricing. It’s based on a 14nm process and is the part of Coffeelake refresh lineup. It supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz RAM.
The Core i3-9100F also lacks vPro support, TSX-NI, and Trusted Execution Technology. Overall, there are certain features that would make one purchase a Xeon, but we think a lot of our users are better off with a Core i3-9100F, especially for those who want to build something like a FreeNAS or Unraid box on the platform.
The base model is the Intel Core i3-9100F without graphics that runs $89.99 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.
Core i3-9100F itu sendiri hadir dengan kekuatan 4 core dan 4 threads, clockspeed dasar sebesar 3.6Ghz dan kini memiliki boost clock maksimum hingga 4.2Ghz. Kalian bahkan akan merasakan bahwa CPU ini jauh lebih kencang dibanding dengan seri 8100, padahal sajian mungkin hampir serupa. Cache dan nilai TDP masih sama dengan 8100, yakni 6MB dan 65W.
Street pricing has the Intel Core i3-9100F down to just $89.99 shipped. Our look today at the Intel Core i3-9100 showed that it is a very capable processor. Our look today at the Intel Core i3 ...
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julienruc July 31, 2020
300$ Gaming PC Recommendations
Building a cheap gaming rig for my little brother.

Found a used RX 580 that looks in good condition.
Bought that PSU from a friend that never ended up using it.
Will add in a 500GB HDD I got lying around the house.
I know 16GB of RAM would be nice but I want him to get a side job/do chores and buy it himself.
I got a 8th Gen CPU in case mobo needs an update.
Will buy a case for 20$ from a computer store down my road.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($71.88 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H310M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Walmart)
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 CL19 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Silicon Power 128 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 580 4 GB NITRO+ Video Card ($100.00)
Power Supply: Corsair CV 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.00)
Total: $332.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-31 02:29 EDT-0400
Darkbreeze June 24, 2014
Sapphire's recommendation, and the recommendation of most card manufacturers for most generations, does not factor in things like spikes or degenerative electromigration effects that over time may require substantially more power to remain stable. When the 580 was a current gen model and very popular, we'd seen a fair number of systems tripping protections, even on some 550w units, so that would really be the minimum you want to target. Certainly you might "get by" with less, for now, but it's a risk, and it might be a big problem later on. Besides which, it's never a good idea to run a system on just what is required, technically speaking. Having about 40% overhead allows the unit to run in the range where it is MOST efficient, and runs cooler, which also means you'll tend to use less power, create less heat and hear less noise from the power supply as a result.
Saurabh251 July 21, 2020
Should I upgrade from stock cooler to Liquid cooler?
Hey guys,
I have built my pc recently,
Asrock B365 hdv motherboard
I3 9100F
120gb ssd which is enough for me
500gb hard drive
WITH Antec 550 w Power supply..
Should I upgrade from stock cooler to Liquid cooler?

Stock cooler doing good job right now BUT still I'm thinking to upgrade for future reference etc...
I have some money left to spend on pc
So please tell me its worth to upgrade?
jay32267 March 16, 2017
"Stock cooler doing good job right now "
Then I would leave it.

I would probably go to 16 GB on the RAM.
iamGaston July 13, 2020
PSU and Case compatability
First time posting here, sorry if this is in the wrong section.

I just purchased the cooler master mb311l case. My PSU is a Corsair CV650 Atx power supply.

The PSU is a compact 125 mm length and when installed in the case the PSU fan only goes over the exhaust vent on the case about 3/4 of the way. 1/4 is covered up.

Is this going to be an issue? Will it be risky in any way to the safety of the PSU? Any help on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you

Full build:
GPU:GTX 1650 Super windforce OC 4gb
CPU: Intel i3 9100f
Ram:16gb(8x2) hyper fury x 2666mhz
Mobo:gigabyte B365M DS3H
PSU: Corsair cv650 80+br
DrummerManSpike January 09, 2020
I don't think it'll be an issue. Your build doesn't have a huge power draw at all, you might've been just fine with a lower wattage PSU (your GPU's recommended minimum system wattage is 350). Lower power draw will come with a lower heat output. I'd maybe be cautious if you were using components that could max out the PSU's entire 650W limit, however for the majority of the time that your current PC is in use, you wont come anywhere near that.

If you're still worried though, listen in on your PSU while under heavier load (graphics heavy gaming, workbench apps, etc) to see whether or not the fan sounds like it's straining or struggling to keep up with airflow.
5leadgaming July 06, 2020
Will the I3-9100f Work in Gigabyte H310M-S2H rev 1.1?
Just ordered a I3-9100F to upgrade my Pentium G5400 and realised it may not work, I have updated to latest BIOS but in the Supported CPUs Listed the I3-9100F is not on there?
Wondering if any can let me know if the cpu will still work on this board or if I will have to buy a new one that does support this cpu.
mdd1963 January 14, 2006
the 9100 (and the 8100) is/are essentially a 7600K 'rebadged' for the 300 series board...(minus overclocking, of course)

4c/4t CPUs still work, but, they've been marginal for gaming for 2-3 years, IMHO, as 4 threads just are not enough to reliably sustain minimum FPS in many newer games anymore regardless of IPC and/or even clock speed... (for sure it will be a massive upgrade over a 2 core Pentium, however)
Luke45 July 04, 2020
Intel Core i3 9100f or amd ryzen 5 1600 af
So i am very restricted on the budget. And I don't know what is better option. To go intel with 2x8gb 3200mhz or ryzen with 1x8gb 3200 mhz . They cost exactly the same maybe 3 dollar difference with the mbo(Gigabyte B365M H, B450M-A_PRO_MAX) . Which option should I pick. I am planning to buy in 1660 super in the later future. AMD link: (picture)
Intel link: (picture)
And just if you need my system specs
CPU: AMD athlon x4 860k
MBO: ASUS a58m-k
RAM: 1x8 gb 1600 mhz kingston
GPU: XFX RX 570 8GB (1 year old)
HDD: toshiba dt01aca100 1tb
PSU: LC Power 6550 550W (1 year old)
CHASSIS: Cooler Master K280
OS; windows 10 pro
And can someone explain difference between cl16 and cl22 memories.
sizzling October 18, 2006
For modern gaming you need dual channel RAM of ideally 2x8gb or more, not having dual channel will cause stuttering and performance issues. However the extra cores and threads of the 1600AF means it can give a better gaming experience. The ideal setup is the 1600AF with the 2x8gb RAM. If you cannot do that then go with the 9100f and the 2x8gb but you may end up wanting a cpu upgrade as a 4 thread cpu is not ideal for modern AAA games. Personally I’d wait until I could get the 1600AF and 2x8gb.
Mohsin Mustafa June 26, 2020
How much power do I need?
Which power supply is enough for:
  • Rx 580
  • 9100f
  • 2 8gb sticks of ddr4.
  • 5 fans
  • B
    bignastyid June 19, 2011
    Without knowing the specs of the PSU there is no way we can tell you if it will be OK. Given the red flags it when just looking for the specs and reviews, it's likely junk.
    KaomHeart254 June 14, 2020
    Upgrade i3 9100f vs ryzen 3600/x
    Hello! Last month i started renovating my house and decided to sold my pc(+monitor). Now i need a pc and i don't know what to do since it's a bad time for buying . I use my pc for daily usage (internet surfing, youtube, movies, music), virtual box, packet tracer, online poker, maybe dual boot win+linux and cs go +some aaa games (read dead 2,ac odysey, tomb raider, metro, etc). I was thinking at 2 options :
    1)Wait for Ryzen 4000 and buy i3 9100f with 8 gb, rx 570,ssd sata 3 250gb,400 - 450 ps(all sh) + monitor Lg 24MK430H (new) - all cost me around 375-300$
    2)Go full upgrade with Ryzen 3600/3600x, 16g 3200mhz cl 16,ssd m2 250 or 500,rx 580 8g, tier 1 ps (all sh with warranty) + monitor Aoc 24g2u (new) - all cost me around 900-950$
    dorsai November 23, 2013
    Grab option can upgrade to Ryzen 4000 next year or whenever the need arises...just verify your chosen motherboard will support 4000 series.
    Saurabh251 June 10, 2020
    I'm thinking to build budget gaming pc
    I'm thinking to buy
    Gigabyte gtx 1650 4gb oc with i3 9100f(9th gen desktop processor) , corsair 8gb ddr4 ram and Asus Intel 8th Gen DDR4 HDMI VGA Micro ATX Motherboards (Prime H310M-E R2.0)
    Is it good?
    I'm expecting 60fps constant with 1600x900 display (60hz)
    Mrgr74 September 02, 2019
    Hi @Saurabh251

    Hard to say as each game & system is different. Whats the exact resolution? 1600x900?

    Here's your 9100 & 1660 tested against 20 games @ 1080p & 16GB. I would strongly suggest you go with 16GB as well as 8GB is the bare minimum now a days.

    Let us know how it goes when you game!
    fernandogamerdiversionymas June 06, 2020
    My next build.
    Hey guys, im building my next pc gaming in a few weeks and i would like to know if this is fine for me.

    PD: i was going for a ryzen 1600 or 2600 and a b350m or b450m but here is like 40% expensive so im going for intel.

    Actual PC:
    1-Fx 6300 (pretty cheap cooler master cooler, no OC)
    2-ASUS M5A78L-M Plus.
    3-12gb ram ddr3 1600MHZ.
    4-PNY GTX 960 2GB
    6-Seasonic S12III 650w 80 plus bronze. (NEW)

    1-FX 6300 TO I3 9100f
    2-M5A78L-M PLUS TO Gigabyte B365M DS3H
    3- 12GB DDR3 TO 8GB Corsair Vengeance 3000mhz (later going for another stick of 8 to get 16gb).
    4- 240GB SSD

    SOON: GTX 960 TO 1650 SUPER.

    im selling my actual specs to buy the new ones, im 17yrs old i dont work so i think this should be fine for gaming.
    Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
    You're not going to get far on that.
    Quad cores don't cut it anymore unless all you play are eSports titles.

    Push for an AMD Ryzen 3600 build with at least 2x 8GBs 3200mhz or more memory. [Ryzen is sensitive to ram frequencies, hence the stated ram frequency.]
    The alternative option is an Intel i5-10400 and wait for the cheaper B and H series motherboards - whenever that is, but you'll likely have more saved up by then.
    Bram :3 June 05, 2020
    9100f - 4000 MHz - How can I?
    Hi y'all, ok this time I will explain myself in a better way.. How can I reach up to 4000 MHz if I have an 9100f, I mean WHY I can't? I even have the turbo boost enable.. I don't think is the motherboard, donno ;-;

    There is an youtuber (Santiago Santiago) that can achieve the 4000 Mhz (´-ω-`) Whyy - And he has the same cpu that I have idk

    Oh boy, that's the problem - I know a lot of Informatics, computing whatever ya call it, BUT this, oh man, I spend months with this teme and I keep going without knowing lol I make a rhyme (Don't hate me :/)

    Edit: I'm talking about the clock speed, or Processor Base Frequency, Sorry for the misunderstanding
    boju July 07, 2008
    Oh i see. Your first link doesn't work so couldn't see. Looks like your cpu isn't turboing at all.

    See here;

    Make sure turbo is enabled in the Bios. Is Bios on the latest version?
    renzoken84 June 05, 2020
    My CPU overheat or normal?
    Hello Tom's Hardware n hello guys.

    Okay I finish build my PC and all work fine
    My concern is why my CPU at idle mode 58°c to 60°c? That is not normal right?
    Or it's normal because new thermal paste?

    MOBO : GIGABYTE H310M S2 R2.0
    CPU. : i3 9100F
    HDD. : WD 500GB
    RAM. : DDR4 8GB(1PCS)
    GPU. : ASUS GTX 1650 4GB OC
    SSD. : NO SSD.
    PSU : cooler master MWE 80 bronze 600w

    Pls help should I put new thermal or just let it be... Thanks. (English bad)
    Vyrvelata May 19, 2020
    Those should be temperatures at load..
    What are your under load temperatures?

    IF your too concerned about the CPU...don't just change your thermal an aftermarket cooler.
    Gammaxx 400 is around 20-25 EU...
    It will run much cooler and much more quiet.
    thehotdogman93 June 03, 2020
    Newly Built PC gives me Beep Code
    I just built my new PC, and I'm getting 5 short beeps I believe. When I turned it on for the first time, it came on for 3 seconds then turned itself off. It then turned itself back on again and started beeping. My mother who was on hand turned it off right away, and later turned the power button back on, as I heard 5 short beeps. I'm using a B365M DS3H Gigabyte motherboard, a i3 - 9100F CPU, and no external graphics card. Gigabyte says 5 short beeps is a CPU error, but I'm not 100% sure that is the case with this motherboard model. I also did not have any peripherals plugged in so far. So far, I've taken the CPU Cooler off and put the CPU to the side. None of the pins look bent. Is there anything that I can do to fix this myself before I take a trip to the PC shop?
    CountMike October 31, 2015
    Intel "F" processors do not have IGPU, you need a dedicated (external) graphic card.
    renzoken84 May 30, 2020
    Hello Tom hardware and hello guys I need guidance from u guys plss 🙏🙏🙏

    Okay lately I was post all about OEM brand.
    I'm sick of OEM thing... it concerns me after I get some advise from my friend not to use OEM product... now I change my mind n want to build a budget gaming PC.

    MOBO : GIGABYTE H310M S2 R2.0
    CPU. : i3 9100F
    HDD. : WD 1 Tera
    GPU. : ASUS GTX 1650 4GB OC

    PSU. : I Need cooler master PSU can u guys
    Suggest me how much watt should be
    okay for my budget build? I'm not
    taking modular/Semi type cause me
    too expensive. I appreciate any
    suggestions thnx guys (English bad)