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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz Core i3-4360 3.7GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 41%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 23% 90%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 37%
Watch Dogs Legion 23% 90%
FIFA 21 14% 32%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 60%
Godfall 77% 173%
Grand Theft Auto VI 50% 132%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 42% 120%
Genshin Impact 31% 7%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz 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 i3-8100F 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz, and so the Core i3-8100F 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i3-8100F 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i3-8100F 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz and the Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz have the same number of threads. The Core i3-8100F 4-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 i3-8100F 4-Core and Core i3-4360 3.7GHz 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 i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 0.1 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Core i3-8100F 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-4360 3.7GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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.

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has a 11 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-8100F 4-Core. However, the Core i3-8100F 4-Core was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i3-8100F 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

The Core i3-4360 3.7GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Core i3-8100F 4-Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake SHaswell
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jan 201914 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP65 Wvs54 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1250 MHz
DirectX-vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size126 mm˛vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is a low-end power efficient CPU based on Intel's 8th Gen 14nm Coffee Lake S microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz across all four cores. It is identical to the Core i3-8100 minus the integrated graphics chip. The i3-8100F doesn't have an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 6MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. The Core i3-8000T has support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features are Intel Enhanced Speedstep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Virtualization, SSE3, AVX2 and SSE 4.2. This CPU is likely to offer below average computational performance and will be a bottleneck in some of the most CPU-intensive AAA games from 2019 onward.Core i3-4360 3.7GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.7GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.