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Intel Core i3-6100U

Intel 6100U

The Intel Core i3-6100U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture and has been launched in September 2015. The CPU can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.3 GHz (no Turbo Boost), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 520 GPU and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller. The SoC is manufactured using a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Skylake replaces both Haswell and Broadwell and brings the same microarchitecture in every TDP class from 4.5 to 45 W. The extensive improvements of the Skylake design include increased out-of-order buffers, optimized prefetching and branch prediction as well as additional performance gains through Hyper-Threading. Overall, however, performance per clock has been increased by only 5 to 10 percent (compared to Haswell) respectively under 5 percent (compard to Broadwell), which is quite modest for a new architecture ("Tock").

Performance

According to the specified clock rates and the improved architecture, the Core i3-6100U should perform just slightly below the former Core i5-4200U (Haswell, 15 W). Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications and light multitasking.

Graphics

The integrated graphics unit called HD Graphics 520 represents the "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 24 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 300 - 1000 MHz and offer a performance somewhere in range of a dedicated GeForce 820M. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for the HD Graphics 520.

Power Consumption

Specified at a TDP of 15 W (including CPU, GPU and memory controller), the CPU is best suited for small notebooks and ultrabooks (11-inches and above). Optionally, the TDP can be lowered to 7.5 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance and allowing even more compact designs.

SeriesIntel Core i3
CodenameSkylake
Series: Core i3 Skylake
Intel Core i3-6167U (compare)2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-6100H (compare)2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-6157U (compare)2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-6100U2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-6006U (compare)2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Clock Rate2300 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Die Size99 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1000 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$281 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 6100U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 240     avg: 246.9     median: 247 (11%)     max: 251 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 92     avg: 96.1     median: 97 (50%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.75     avg: 2.8     median: 2.8 (12%)     max: 2.78 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.1     avg: 1.1     median: 1.1 (50%)     max: 1.11 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3710     avg: 3712.7     median: 3714 (47%)     max: 3714 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8413     avg: 8425.3     median: 8426 (17%)     max: 8437 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 656.927     avg: 738.8     median: 738.8 (9%)     max: 820.708 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 20.925     avg: 23.5     median: 23.5 (5%)     max: 26.096 seconds
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3212     avg: 3241.5     median: 3241.5 (26%)     max: 3271 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 16.533     avg: 16.6     median: 16.6 (4%)     max: 16.719 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 37.679     avg: 37.7     median: 37.7 (2%)     max: 37.707 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 837.557     avg: 843.1     median: 843.1 (4%)     max: 848.664 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2807     avg: 3144.5     median: 3142.5 (19%)     max: 3479 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3681     avg: 22600     median: 28073 (18%)     max: 30573 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2449     avg: 2605     median: 2661 (7%)     max: 2718 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3367     avg: 3684.2     median: 3764 (17%)     max: 3805 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
5069 Points (19%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 4804     avg: 4845.7     median: 4826 (16%)     max: 4907 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2188     avg: 2210     median: 2191 (47%)     max: 2251 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1474.1     avg: 2299.6     median: 2763 (5%)     max: 2817 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 109.1     avg: 125.6     median: 133.7 (3%)     max: 134.1 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 12368     avg: 16817     median: 13598 (28%)     max: 24139 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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