Intel Core i3-7100U vs AMD FX-9830P vs Intel Core i3-7130U

Intel Core i3-7100U

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The Intel Core i3-7100U is a dual-core processor of the Kaby Lake architecture. It offers two CPU cores clocked at 2.4 GHz (without Turbo Boost) and integrates HyperThreading to work with up to 4 threads at once. The architectural differences are rather small compared to the Skylake generation, therefore the performance per MHz should be very similar. The SoC includes a dual channel DDR4 memory controller and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card (clocked at 300 - 1000 MHz). It is manufactured in an improved 14nm FinFET process at Intel. Compare to the old Skylake Core i3-6100U, the i3-7100U offers a 100 MHz improved clock speed.

 Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

AMD FX-9830P

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The AMD FX-9830P is a mobile mainstream SoC from the Bristol-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2016. The FX-9830P is the fastest Bristol Ridge APU with a 45-Watt TDP and the successor to the 15-35-Watt FX-8800P from the Carrizo generation. The chip has four CPU cores (two Excavator modules = 4 integer and 2 FP units), a Radeon R7 GPU as well as a dual-channel DDR4-1866 memory controller. Carrizo is a full-fledged SoC and is also equipped with an integrated chipset, which provides all I/0 ports.

Architecture

Bristol Ridge is the successor of the Carrizo architecture and the design is almost identical. Thanks to optimized manufacturing processes and more aggressive Boost behavior, however, the clocks are a bit higher at the same power consumption. The memory controller now also supports DDR4-RAM, in this case up to 2400 MHz. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Thanks to higher clocks, the FX9830P is slightly ahead of the old 35-Watt top model FX-8800P and competes with the entry-level dual-cores from Intel (Skylake and Kaby Lake). Compared to the Intel model, the AMD chip has a small advantage in multi-thread scenarios, but is beaten when you only stress one or two cores.

This means there is sufficient performance for typical office and web applications as well as light multitasking.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) GPU has 512 active shader units (8 compute cores) clocked at up to 900 MHz (compared to 758 MHz for FX-9800P). Thanks to the better utilization of the clock range as well as faster DDR4-RAm, the GPU can slightly beat its predecessors Radeon R7 (Carrizo) and competes with a dedicated GeForce 920MX in the best-case scenario (dual-channel memory). Many games from 2015/2016 can be played smoothly at low settings. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the FX-9830P with 25-45 Watts, which is comparable to Intel quad-core processors from the H-series. This means the APU is a good choice for big and heavy notebooks with at least 15 inches.

Intel Core i3-7130U

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The Intel Core i3-7100U is a dual-core processor of the Kaby-Lake architecture. It offers two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 GHz (without Turbo Boost) and integrates HyperThreading to work with up to 4 threads at once. The architectural differences are rather small compared to the Skylake generation, therefore the performance per MHz should be very similar. The SoC includes a dual channel DDR4 memory controller and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card (clocked at 300 - 1000 MHz). It is manufactured in an improved 14nm FinFET process at Intel. Compare to the older Core i3-7100U, the i3-7130U offers a 300 MHz improved clock speed.

The power consumption is rated at a TDP of 15 Watt and can be configured down to 7.5 Watt for thin and light designs (with a lower performance).

Intel Core i3-7100UAMD FX-9830PIntel Core i3-7130U
Intel Core i3AMD Bristol RidgeIntel Core i3
Kaby LakeBristol RidgeKaby Lake
: Core i3 Kaby Lake
Intel Core i3-7100H3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-7100U2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
» AMD FX-9830P3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
Intel Core i3-7100H3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-7130U2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7100U2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
2400 MHz3000 - 3700 MHz2700 MHz
128 KB128 KB
512 KB2 MB512 KB
3 MB3 MB
2 / 44 / 42 / 4
15 25-45 15
14 28 14
100 °C90 °C100 °C
BGA1356BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR3/DDR4-1866 Memory Controller, PCIe 3.0 x8Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1000 MHz)AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) ( - 900 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1000 MHz)
$281 U.S.
Intel Core i3 7100UAMD Bristol Ridge FX-9830P
3100
250 mm2

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 256     avg: 257     median: 256.5 (12%)     max: 260 Points
301 Points (14%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 86     avg: 94.3     median: 95 (48%)     max: 100 Points
93 Points (47%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points (12%)
3.6 Points (15%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1 Points (45%)
1.1 Points (48%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3871     avg: 3874     median: 3874 (52%)     max: 3877 Points
3033 Points (40%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8718     avg: 8757.5     median: 8757.5 (18%)     max: 8797 Points
9822 Points (20%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 635.07     avg: 639.8     median: 639.8 (8%)     max: 644.6 seconds
315.9 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 20.195     avg: 20.3     median: 20.2 (4%)     max: 20.3 seconds
10.3 seconds (2%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (16%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (22%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2 GB/s (17%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 14.056     avg: 14.9     median: 14.9 (3%)     max: 15.8 Seconds
18.6 Seconds (4%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 31.637     avg: 34     median: 34 (1%)     max: 36.3 Seconds
43.7 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 712.173     avg: 764.9     median: 764.9 (3%)     max: 817.6 Seconds
870.4 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3121     avg: 3356.8     median: 3428 (21%)     max: 3595 points
min: 3051     avg: 3080.5     median: 3080.5 (19%)     max: 3110 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 19210     avg: 25167.5     median: 25167.5 (16%)     max: 31125 Points
34521 Points (22%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
19308 Points (26%)
31580 Points (42%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
21164 Points (30%)
34398 Points (48%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2366     avg: 2620     median: 2729 (7%)     max: 2765 Points
2945 Points (7%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3845     avg: 3885     median: 3885 (17%)     max: 3925 Points
min: 3234     avg: 3787     median: 3787 (17%)     max: 4340 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
5136 Points (16%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2340 Points (50%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
16385 Points (8%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5636 Points (20%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2947 Points (51%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3016 Points (51%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5895 Points (23%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1527.7 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
341.3 ms (8%)
123.5 ms (3%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
24098 Points (50%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-7100U → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FX-9830P → 110%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)