Intel Core i3-10100 vs Intel Core i5-10400F vs Intel Core i9-10910
Intel Core i3-10100► remove from comparison
The Intel Core i3-10100 is a four-core desktop processor based on the Comet Lake S architecture. The processor clocks at 3.6 - 4.3 GHz and can process up to 8 threads simultaneously. The Intel Core i3-10100 is manufactured in the improved 14nm process (14nm++). Compared to the older i3-9100 (Comet Lake-S), the 10100 offers a 100 MHz higher turbo clock, multithreading and support for faster DDR4-2666 memory.
The performance should be only slightly above the Core i3-9100 in the entry level for desktop CPUs. Thus the performance is sufficient for office and undemanding gaming.
The Intel Core i3-10100 is a processor with a rather slow entry level integrated graphics unit (Intel UHD Graphics 630).
Intel puts the Thermal Design Power (TDP) at 65 watts. This means there is no need for large cooling systems, which also allows installation in very compact housings.
Intel Core i5-10400F► remove from comparison
The Intel Core i5-10400F is a mid-range processor for desktops with six cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-S, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 2.9 and 4.3 GHz and can execute up to 12 threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading.
The processor is still manufactured on the old 14nm (14nm++) process.
The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2666 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.
Thanks to the high clock speeds (and possible TDP settings with most mainboards), the Core i5-10400F offers a good gaming performance and thanks to the 6 cores also a good application performance.
The CPUs with an "F" suffix do not feature an integrated graphics adapter. The Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is deactivated (e.g., to use chips with defective GPUs) and can not be used in the 10400F.
Intel specifies the TDP at 65 Watts (PL1) but under full load up to 134 Watt are consumed (PL2) for up to 28 seconds (Tau).
Intel Core i9-10910► remove from comparison
The Intel Core i9-10910 is a high-end processor for desktops with ten cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-S, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 3.6 and 5.0 GHz (all 10 cores up to 4.6 GHz) and can execute up to twenty threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 5.0 GHz can be only achieved below 70°C core temperature (Thermal Velocity Boost of 100 MHz).
The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i9-9900K, the 10900K offers increased clock speeds and two more cores.
The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2933 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.
Thanks to the high Turbo Boost, the CPU is the fastest gaming CPU available at the time of announcement. Using all cores, the i9 however is slower than the top Ryzen CPUs (like the Ryzen 9 3950X) which offer more cores.
The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i7-9900K. As a low-end solution it will only run current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.
Intel specifies the TDP with 125 Watts (PL1) but under full load up to 250 Watt are consumed (PL2). In default mode these 250 Watt and therefore high clock speeds can be maintained for up to 56 seconds, however, all boards offer the option to alter these settings.
|Model||Intel Core i3-10100||Intel Core i5-10400F||Intel Core i9-10910|
|Series||Intel Comet Lake||Intel Comet Lake||Intel Comet Lake|
|Codename||Comet Lake-S||Comet Lake-S||Comet Lake-S|
|Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-S|
|Clock||3600 - 4300 MHz||2900 - 4300 MHz||3600 - 5000 MHz|
|L1 Cache||256 KB||384 KB||640 KB|
|L2 Cache||1 MB||1.5 MB||2.5 MB|
|L3 Cache||6 MB||12 MB||20 MB|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||6 / 12||10 / 20|
|TDP||65 Watt||65 Watt||125 Watt|
|Technology||14 nm||14 nm||14 nm|
|Die Size||126 mm2|
|max. Temp.||100 °C||100 °C||100 °C|
|Socket||FCLGA1200||LGA 1200||LGA 1200|
|Features||Dual-Channel DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX, Quick Sync, Virtualization||HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, Quick Sync, Virtualization||TVB, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, Quick Sync, Virtualization|
|$130 U.S.||$155 U.S.||$488 U.S.|
|iGPU||Intel UHD Graphics 630|