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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 23% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 36%
FIFA 21 14% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 50% 131%
Far Cry 6 44% 122%
Genshin Impact 31% 6%
Hitman 3 23% 89%
Watch Dogs Legion 23% 89%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 2% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz 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 a year more recently than the APU A12-9800E 4-Core, and so the Core i3-8100F 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 and the APU A12-9800E 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i3-8100F 4-Core 3.6GHz and the AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz have the same number of threads. 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 i3-8100F 4-Core and APU A12-9800E 4-Core 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 i3-8100F 4-Core has a 0.5 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 .

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 APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-8100F 4-Core, and although the APU A12-9800E 4-Core 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.

The APU A12-9800E 4-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-8100F 4-Core. However, the Core i3-8100F 4-Core was created with a 14 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A12-9800E 4-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake SBristol Ridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM4
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jan 201905 Sep 2016
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.8 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs90°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs320 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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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.The AMD APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.1GHz, rising to 3.8GHz in boost mode. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can overclocked using traditional methods. It has 2MB of L2 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The APU A12-9800E 4-Core 3.1GHz features integrated Radeon R7 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 512 Shaders and a maximum clock speed of 900MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.