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Front view of Intel Core i3 2100

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 2100

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Higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 98.28W vs 107.85W Around 10% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.23 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual commercial energy cost 93.47 $/year vs 107.75 $/year Around 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A8 3850

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AMD A8 3850

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.54 GHz vs 3.23 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2100 vs A8 3850

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i3 2100
2.05 mPixels/s
A8 3850
3.12 mPixels/s

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 2100
2,115
A8 3850
2,056

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2100
4,786
A8 3850
5,262

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2100
2,258
A8 3850
1,517

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2100
153,100 MB/s
A8 3850
121,450 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2100
4,738
A8 3850
5,321

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 2100
3,664
A8 3850
3,489

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 2100
1,583
A8 3850
995

Reviews Word on the street

Core i3 2100  vs A8 3850 

7.0
8.0

6.0
9.0

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2100  vs
A8 3850 
Clock speed 3.1 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Radeon™ HD 6550D
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3

details

Core i3 2100  vs
A8 3850 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 101 25
Overclocked clock speed 3.23 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.23 GHz 2.9 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,518.9 2,465.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.23 GHz 3.54 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 100W
Annual home energy cost 37.88 $/year 37.95 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 93.47 $/year 107.75 $/year
Performance per watt 1.41 pt/W 1.39 pt/W
Idle power consumption 73W 62.4W
Peak power consumption 106.7W 123W
Typical power consumption 98.28W 107.85W
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