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[AT] The Skylake Core i3 (51W) CPU Review: i3-6320, i3-6300 and i3-6100 Tested

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Out of every generation of Intel processors, the headline acts are the high core count parts, the ones with a high-frequency or the most expensive models. Of course, any manufacturer that has a high performing halo product will want that story out of the door on day one, but for typical user sales, it is the mid-range that is more relevant. The Intel Core i3 line comes without any Turbo, offering a flat frequency at load, and is synonymous with dual-core configurations with hyperthreading. In this review, we test three of the Core i3 processors, the i3-6100, the i3-6300 and i3-6320, all of which are set at a 51W thermal design power.

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skylake i3 can pretty much handle anything nowadays. I have one in my second pc and it's perfect for anything you throw at it.
post #2 of 25
Good review, shows just how much single thread performance is still relevant.
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Ya i was almost grabbed a 6100 when i was building my skylake pc but i ran across a deal on a 6600k that i just couldnt pass up... Im sure a 6100 would have been fine for a guy like me who just uses his pc for everyday tasks... I probably could have saved myself a few dollars hahah oh well
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People underestimate the i3s and go straight for the i5/i7 but the i3s can handle a r9 390x no problem.
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People underestimate the i3s and go straight for the i5/i7 but the i3s can handle a r9 390x no problem.

 

I set a friend up with an i3 6320 and a 1060 Mini, a nice ITX build, and she's loving it. I've used the 6320 for the past eight months or so in my HTPC and it's fantastic. These are really impressive parts for dual-core HT chips.

     
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i3 6100 is a monster for 2 cores. pretty sweet.
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Interesting to see the A10s hold up against the i3s when it comes to gaming, that is of course until a dedicated GPU is added.
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It's hard to recommend a Skylake i3 when almost all games nowadays require a quad core and Kabylake is around the corner.

The timing of the review is really hilarious, almost at the end of the release cycle of Skylake. Didn't AT get any review samples at the time of release or did they have to buy these?
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It's hard to recommend a Skylake i3 when almost all games nowadays require a quad core and Kabylake is around the corner.

The timing of the review is really hilarious, almost at the end of the release cycle of Skylake. Didn't AT get any review samples at the time of release or did they have to buy these?
just a slow news day.
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Upgraded my wife's system to an I3-6100 a couple weeks ago when her old AM3 motherboard bit the dust.  CPU, motherboard and 8G DDR4 RAM came to a total of $180.  It has been a really nice upgrade, she doesn't game though.

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