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Game Core i3-6100 3.7GHz FX-6100
Cyberpunk 2077 53% 66%
Control 95% 112%
eFootball PES 2020 48% 61%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 95% 112%
Grand Theft Auto VI 144% 165%
Borderlands 3 53% 66%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 144% 165%
Red Dead Redemption 2 105% 123%
FIFA 20 29% 40%
F1 2019 105% 122%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz is noticeably better than the AMD FX-6100 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 i3-6100 3.7GHz was released over three years more recently than the FX-6100, and so the Core i3-6100 3.7GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FX-6100 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 FX-6100 has 4 more cores than the Core i3-6100 3.7GHz. With 6 cores, the FX-6100 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The FX-6100 has 2 more threads than the Core i3-6100 3.7GHz. The FX-6100 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-6100 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 i3-6100 3.7GHz and FX-6100 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 i3-6100 3.7GHz has a 0.4 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 FX-6100.

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 FX-6100 has a 5632 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-6100 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 i3-6100 3.7GHz has a 48 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-6100, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-6100 3.7GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylake-SZambezi
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201512 Oct 2011
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs6
CPU Threads4vs6
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.6 GHz
Max TDP47 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size512 KBvs6144 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-6100 3.7GHz is a Middle-Class Processor based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

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

The Processor Integrates Powerful Graphics called HD i3-6100, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, 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 47W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
FX-6100 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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

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