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Intel quietly rolls out Core i3-10100F to tame Ryzen 3 3300X

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Intel has stealthily launched a competitor to AMD’s Ryzen 3 3300X—the Core i3-10100F, a potential budget gaming champion. The budget chip, as reported by Tom’s Hardware, was not part of Intel’s initial 10th Gen Comet Lake-S lineup.

Nevertheless, the 14nm four-core, eight-thread chip clocked at 3.6GHz (Turbo Boost at 4.3GHz) is poised to compete head-on with current budget darling, the Ryzen 3 3300X.

The 65W TDP chip will retail for between USD79 (~MYR327) and USD97 (~MYR401), which surprisingly undercuts the USD120 (~MYR549) Ryzen 3 3300X.

Like the Ryzen 3 3300X, the Core i3-10100F lacks integrated graphics as denoted by the “F” in its model name. Targeted at the gaming crowd, this is no surprise, as they will likely pair a discrete graphics card.

While both rivals share a 4C/8T configuration, the Ryzen 3 3300X has a 200Mhz higher base clock and 10MB more L3 cache. AMD’s little chip also uses a “4+0” configuration, where all cores and 16MB L3 cache are located on the same CCX (compute complexes). This reduces inter-core latency and boosts performance.

As I discovered in a recent review, the Ryzen 3 3300X is a punchy performer for the price.

Launched in May, the Ryzen 3 3300X has been scarce in retail channels, which has been frustrating for budget enthusiasts.

Perhaps Intel sees that it can fill a gap and if it can indeed provide the supplies, the chipmaker may just have a winner in its hands.


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