Intel Core i3-8100 vs Core i5-6600K

Intel Core i3-8100
Intel Core i5-6600K

General info

Comparing Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
18.68
 
10.61
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i3
 
Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
Achitecture codename
Coffee Lake
 
Skylake
Release date
October 2017
 
July 2015
Launch price (MSRP)
$117
 
$242
Price now
$128
 
$227

Technical specs

Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
4
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.6 GHz
 
3.9 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT / s
 
n/d
L1 cache
256 KB
 
256 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
6 MB (shared)
 
6 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
126 mm2
 
122 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
64 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
72 °C
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
-
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1151
 
FCLGA1151
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost
-
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading
-
 
-
TSX
-
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+

Security technologies

Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
-
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
MPX
+
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
Yes with Intel® ME
OS Guard
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2400
 
DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
37.5 GB / s
 
34.1 GB / s
ECC memory support
+
 
-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K.
Integrated graphics
 
Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1150 MHz)
Max video memory
64 GB
 
64 GB
Quick Sync
+
 
+
Clear Video
+
 
+
Clear Video HD
+
 
+
Graphics max frequency
1.1 GHz
 
1.15 GHz
InTru 3D
+
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
3
eDP
n/d
 
+
DisplayPort
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
DVI
n/d
 
+

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
4K resolution support
+
 
+
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
4096x2304@24Hz
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over VGA
n/d
 
N / A

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
12
 
12
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
16

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i3-8100 16.69
i5-6600K 16.81 +0.7%

Passmark

i3-8100 8005
i5-6600K 8061 +0.7%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
n/d
 
47 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i3-8100 and Core i5-6600K are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i3-8100

Cheaper ($117 vs $242)
Less power hungry (65 vs 95 watts)
ECCMemory

Advantages of Intel Core i5-6600K

0.7% faster in synthetic tests
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TSX-NI (Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions - hardware acceleration of multithreaded calculations for Intel CPUs)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
Unlocked
TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

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