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Game Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz Xeon Processor E3120
Red Dead Redemption 2 41% 375%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4% 252%
Halo: Reach 42% 96%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 55% 424%
Borderlands 3 41% 375%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 303%
FIFA 20 1% 240%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 23% 161%
eFootball PES 2020 16% 290%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 41% 375%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon Processor E3120 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i3-9100F 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Xeon Processor E3120, and so the Core i3-9100F 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon Processor E3120 when running the latest games.

The Core i3-9100F 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Xeon Processor E3120. With 4 cores, the Core i3-9100F 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i3-9100F 4-Core has 2 more threads than the Xeon Processor E3120. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i3-9100F 4-Core and Xeon Processor E3120 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i3-9100F 4-Core has a 0.433 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Core i3-9100F 4-Core.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Xeon Processor E3120 has a 5120 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-9100F 4-Core, and although the Xeon Processor E3120 does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Core i3-9100F 4-Core and the Xeon Processor E3120 have the same TDP of 65 Watts, but the Core i3-9100F 4-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RWolfdale
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201910 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.167 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs6144 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is a low-end desktop CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i3-9100 except it does not feature integrated graphics. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The i3-9100F has 6MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 64GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. This Core i3-9100F CPU offers average gaming performance in 2019 and may be a minor bottleneck in a modern gaming PC. It should be able to play most modern games at 60fps on High graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU, although may struggle with the most demanding AAA titles. Performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz and 1080p or lower screen resolution.Intel Xeon E3120 is a Server CPU part of the Xeon Series continuously released by Intel.

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