Intel Core i3-6100 (Skylake) Processor Review

This is the Intel Core i3-6100 processor. No, it’s actually the box of the said processor but well at least you know it’s not an Engineering Sample.

Intel Core i3-6100 (Skylake) Processor Review

So here’s the processor itself, there’s really nothing much to show about processor but the article would look very empty without them. Plus it’s just to prove that I actually have it with me. 😛

Intel Core i3-6100 (Skylake) Processor Review

CPU-Z? Of course, here it is.

Intel Core i3-6100 (Skylake) Processor Review

Overclocking

The Core i3-6100 does not have unlocked multiplier, it is possible to overclock with boards that support BCLK overclocking. This will be covered in an upcoming article.

Test Setup

RAMHyperX Savage DDR4 3000
MotherboardASRock Z170 Pro4
Power SupplyCooler Master V700
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

The Benchmarks

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.

ProcessorTime Taken
(seconds)
Intel Core i3-6100315
Intel Core i5-6600K197
Intel Core i7-6700K141

Cinebench R15

Default settings

ProcessorCB
Intel Core i3-6100300
Intel Core i5-6600K602
Intel Core i7 6700K927

WinRAR

Speed of archiving some almost 1GB worth of CR2 and MOV file.

ProcessorTime Taken
(seconds)
Intel Core i3-610065
Intel Core i5-6600K44
Intel Core i7 6700K30

Temperature

X264 10bit to 8bit conversion was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

ProcessorIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Intel Core i3-61002850

Power Consumption

The stress was done with X264 10bit to 8bit conversion and Prime95. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master 700W with ~90% efficiency.

Benchmarkx264Prime95
Wall Draw4762
Estimated Actual Draw4255

The Verdict

The Intel Core i3-6100 retails at around RM 510, pretty good price if you consider you’re paying just half of a Core i5-6600K and get just about half the performance. What I like about it is the low power draw, the system runs so cooling that even the stock cooler doesn’t go on high RPM to maintain it under 50c.

The Core i3-6100 certainly holds great value when if you calculate the number of seconds against the price, a Core i7 processor costs 3 times more but only to reduce processing time by half while a Core i5 processor costs double but reduces processing time by a third.

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