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AMD FX-4170 Vs Intel Core i3-2100

The FX-4100 is the fastest quad core CPU from AMD in its bulldozer line up. It is obviously better than the Intel’s Core i3-2100.

– The FX-4100 also supports the turbo boost that core i3-2100 does not.

– The FX-4170 has a significantly higher TDP rating at 125 Watts as compared to the Core i3-2100’s 65 Watts. The FX-4170 with therefore, require substantially more attention in cooling requirement than the Core i3-2100.

– The core i3-2100, however, has integrated graphics ( HD Graphics 2000) that FX-4170 does not come with. While the HD Graphics 2000 is not great for high end gaming, it saves few 10s of bucks by note requiring additional graphics card in case your graphics requirement is limited to display and you are not into gaming.

Table : AMD FX-4170 Vs Core i3-2100 Feature Differences

Feature AMD FX-4170 Core i3-2100
Core Frequency 4.10 GHz 3.10 GHz
No. Of Cores 4 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 8 MB L3, 4 MB L2 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 2-core 4.3 GHz, 4-core 4.4 GHz No Turbo
TDP Rating 125 Watts 65 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1866 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics None HD Graphics 2000, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz


Table : AMD FX-4170 Vs Core i3-2100 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD FX-4170 Core i3-2100
PassMark CPU Mark Score
4999 3831
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU


4800 3670
Windows 7 Experience Score
7.4 7.1


Some more details of AMD FX-4170

AMD’s FX 4170 increases the clock speed to 4.10 GHz making it the fastest quad core bulldozer processor. The FX-4170 takes on the Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors but does not come with Integrated Graphics. The Llano APUs or the forthcoming Trinity APUs from AMD could be better choices if you are looking for integrated graphics performance.

Some more details of Core i3-2100

The Core i3-2100 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor improving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2100 ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.

Further Suggested Readings

– Take a look at the Sandy Bridge Architecture. The Core i3-2100 is based upon this architecture.
– You may also like to check Bulldozer architecture for details of the FX-4170.

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