Intel Core i3-4130 Processor Review

Unlike the Core i5, the Core i3 variants in Intel’s processor line up runs only on 2 cores but it has Hyper-Threading that makes it a virtual quad-core processor.


How well does the Core i3-4130 hold up to the other processors in the market?

As for the cooler, no different from the cooler seen bundled with other Core processors therefore I just took the photo of the one in the Core i5 4670K review.

And here’s the CPU-Z of the processor itself.


Details of the processor at Intel ARK

The Processor Benchmarks

The processor was paired with an Asus Vanguard B85 motherboard and 2x 4GB Avexir Core DDR3-1600Mhz RAM.

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Converting 16 18 megapixel RAW file (CR2 format) into JPG format.

CPU Time Taken
i3-4130 145 seconds
i5-4670K 112 seconds
i5-2500K 125 seconds
i5-760 172 seconds
i7-3770S 112 seconds
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 153 seconds
AMD FX-8350 123 seconds

The Core i3-4130 was able to beat The 6-core X6 1100T and the 1st generation Core i5 by quite a margin.

x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion

The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.

i3-4130 313 seconds
i5-4670K 228 seconds
i5-2500K 297 seconds
i5-760 392 seconds
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 261 seconds
AMD FX-8350 188 seconds

In a test that’s less clock speed oriented but more core oriented, the Core i3 loses out to every other processor in the game except for the 1st generation Core i5 that’s 3 generations old.

Thermal Performance

In’s controlled temperature environment, the processor idles at 30c and peaked at 60c on load.

The Verdict

The latest generation Core i3 is no slouch when it comes to performance, only to fall behind in applications that benefit from dedicated cores (eg 4 cores instead of 2 core with 4 threads). The Core i3-4130 is good to go when it comes to general purpose and even computer gaming.


5 thoughts on “Intel Core i3-4130 Processor Review

  1. almost 4 years on Intel Core i3-530 oc to 4ghz… no complain here… nice to see it manage to outperform i5-760 easily…

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