Intel Core i3-10105 Review | PCMag

When Intel released its eleventh-generation “Rocket Lake” processor in 2021, the company only released Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 models to the desktop market. If you want to build a low-end system, the best thing you can do with the latest new generation chipset from Team Blue is Comet Lake Refresh, a short series of slightly modified 10th-gen Core i3 and Pentium models. These processors are mildly rebooted versions of the 10th generation Comet Lake parts, on the same socket as the Intel LGA 1200. Now that the 12th generation “Alder Lake” CPUs are on the market, we’re starting to sunset on the LGA 1200. We’ve got our hands on On one of the more moderately priced Core i3 Refresh models, the Core i3-10105 ($122), see what kind of performance you can expect from this low-cost chip as the LGA 1200 socket becomes gaming value and gives way to the LGA 1700 from Alder Lake. spoiler? It’s qualified enough, if not a budget slice, to make the heart race, mostly provided by two facts: (1) it has integrated graphics, and (2) you can actually buy it.

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A comet flies with missiles

As an updated part, the Core i3-10105 is identical in almost every detail to its direct predecessor in the original 10th-generation Core/Comet Lake lineup, the Core i3-10100. Both are LGA 1200 processors equipped with four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading technology, which supports up to eight concurrent processing threads. The difference: The Core i3-10105 scores slightly higher, with a base clock of 3.7GHz and a peak Turbo Boost of 4.4GHz, which is 100MHz faster than the Core i3-10100 on both accounts.

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The Core i3-10105 and Core i3-10100 both come with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor. This fee solution uses 24 unions in the European Union operating at up to 1.1GHz. We have tested this IGP many times in the past, and will do so again today; Expect it to perform well enough in older game titles, but it falls short of anything very new and graphically intense. IGP is primarily designed for non-gaming tasks like watching videos and browsing the web, and it works really well for that. (Take a look at a deep dive into the performance of a desktop CPU’s IGP from a few months ago.)

Official memory support with Core i3-10105 is limited to dual-channel DDR4 memory up to 2666MHz, or up to 128GB or less the peak amount supported by your motherboard. With the right RAM and motherboard, you should be able to run your RAM faster than that with a Core i3-10105, but with a motherboard based on the H410 or H510 chipset, you won’t be able to work around this limitation.

As for how it’s sold: The Core i3-10105 is available on a variety of OEM systems, as well as at retail stores. (We got our sample from a Dell Inspiron Desktop 3891 that we reviewed.) Intel also sells a slightly cheaper Core i3-10105F variant with IGP disabled, for people who have a video card to pair with this chip. If you purchased the chip as part of retail, it comes with an included Intel core heatsink/fan assembly for use with the LGA 1200 motherboard.


Core i3-10105 test: Budget blues for Team Blue?

We ran the Core i3-10105 with our benchmark set of CPU benchmarks. We recently updated the suite of tests we use to test CPUs, so not every CPU we’ve reviewed in the past was an option for comparison. We kept using most of the same hardware for testing including the Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) Z490 motherboard with 16GB of G.Skill RAM clocked at 3000MHz. An Intel brand SATA SSD was used for the primary boot drive, and an ADATA M.2 SATA secondary drive was used for additional storage. The system is built inside ADATA’s XPG Invader chassis with a Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 240 EX 240mm water cooler and Corsair 750W power supply.

The main change in our lineup of supporting devices is the graphics card. We’re now using an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for the dedicated graphics card benchmarks instead of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti we used earlier. All processors listed here have been tested with the RTX 3080 Ti to ensure equal gameplay. We ran AMD’s closest competitor to the Core i3-10105, the Ryzen 3 3100, through this series of tests, as well as several Core i5 and Ryzen 5 processors…

Note: AMD chipsets ending in “G” have integrated graphics. We’ve also included a few Core i7 and Ryzen 7 chips in the results below for perspective, although of course they’re much more expensive.

CPU performance

Not surprisingly, the Core i3-10105 turned out to be the lowest score for this group in most of our tests. Core i5, i7, Ryzen 5 and 7 processors have additional cores that give them a decisive advantage, making the Ryzen 3 3100 the only real competition on this list.

Unfortunately for Intel, in some of these tests the Core i3-10105 is significantly slower than the Ryzen 3 3100. In Handbrake, the Core i3-10105 took a full six minutes longer to finish the test rendering task than the Ryzen 3 3100. The Core i3 was Slower in Cinebench, Geekbench, 7-Zip, and Blender experiments, in smaller relative amounts.

Intel’s Core i3-10105 managed to outperform the Ryzen 3 3100 in some tests, but by a small margin where it did. It was a little faster when running Puget Systems PugetBench for Adobe Premiere Pro 15 CC, and its biggest win came while running POV-Ray.

Graphics performance

We then moved on to our dedicated graphics test, with the Core i3 paired with a discrete GeForce RTX 3080 Ti card. In these gaming tests, the difference between the Core i3-10105 and the Ryzen 3 3100 narrowed considerably, with both processors coming close to correlation in many of our synthetic and gaming tests. In most game tests, the Ryzen 3 delivers 3100, but by a margin of only 1 to 3 fps in most games…

Next, we pulled out a GeForce card and tested the performance of the integrated graphics. If there is anything, it’s a little worst What we expected to see. Intel supplied many of its 10th and 11th generation chips with the same UHD Graphics 630 IGP, which gave us plenty of opportunities to test silicon UHD Graphics before. It’s the same IGP processor that’s inside the Core i5-10600K in the diagrams below…

For example, there’s an 11th-generation (Rocket Lake) Core i7-11700K and Core i5-11600K on Intel’s Iris Xe UHD Graphics 750, and this latest version of the Intel IGP shines through. Although all of these chips had more processing power than the Core i3-10105 and were expected to outperform it, we didn’t expect the performance gap to be as large as it is. Meanwhile, the Ryzen “G” chips with Radeon graphics on the chip spoil it further, although they are much more expensive, with the 5600G starting at more than double the price of our i3.

Note that the 11th-generation Core i7-11700K and Core i5-11600K performed nearly twice as well as the Core i3-10105 in IGP tests, demonstrating the superiority of the newer Iris Xe IGP solution and what budget buyers missed when Intel didn’t release any chips. A true budget Rocket Lake desktop with Iris Xe. The performance of the Core i5-10600K outperforms the Core i3 is closer to what we expected.

Overall, this test suite shows that the Core i3-10105 delivers only modest IGP performance, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unusable. Don’t plan on relying on it with recent games, unless you’ve always wanted to watch a slideshow of the latest AAA titles. But if you haven’t been playing games, or have been playing games for over a few years (think six or more), it should work reasonably well.


Motherboards and Pricing: The Platform Problem

In general, the desire to use a Core i3-10105 versus a Ryzen 3 3100 is reflected in the prices and availability of both in the real world. In these silicon-filled times, you can find the Core i3-10105, as well as other Intel Comet Lake Refresh chips, very easily at their list prices. But you’ll really have to look for a Ryzen 3 3100 or better Ryzen 3 3300X (not retested here, now almost unobtanium near the list price). However, while this Core i3 is slower in many tests, it loses by a small margin to 3100 where it does. It would be a great fight even if it wasn’t for two other factors, both of which are related to the price.

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The Core i3-10105 is compatible with LGA 1200 motherboards, which can cost you more than $80 to $90. The competing Ryzen 3 3100 is an AM4 socket processor that’s compatible with any AMD 400 or 500 series chipset, with the most expensive being just $60-$70.

Thus, you’ll likely pay more for a Core i3-10105 “all-in-one” processor than a Ryzen 3 3100, if you’re actually lucky on one of the AMD chipsets at MSRP. The Core i3-10105 is $122, with the Ryzen 3 3100 dropping at $99. This makes the slower Core i3-10105 normal cost of ownership about $40 more than the faster AMD version, assuming list prices and cheaper motherboards.

Actual market conditions today make this comparison less difficult for Intel, though the Core i3-10105 regularly sells for $120 to $125, and the Ryzen 3 3100 sells for $150 and up…where you can find it! But that still gives the faster AMD system a $10-$15 price advantage when the cheapest motherboards are factored in, as well as slightly better Ryzen 3 performance. That doesn’t take into account that the LGA 1200 is now a dead platform (the new 12th-generation Alder Lake chips use an all-new socket), while the new AM4 processors could theoretically be released for future upgrades, if you choose AMD.

Now there’s a big elephant in the room, slated for Intel’s favor for some buyers: IGP. All these calculations so far assume that you will associate your CPU with a video card you own, and video cards as well far Its cheap these days. The Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X lack an IGP, while the Core i3-10105 has cost-effective UHD graphics. An AMD IGP-equipped Ryzen starts around $250, if you ignore the now-old Ryzen 3 3200G, which sells at inflated prices, you can absolutely find it.


Verdict: Go Ryzen, if you can the card

The weight of this chip in today’s market is difficult. Given the Core i3-10105’s lackluster performance versus its lower-priced rival Ryzen 3 (in theory), and the higher cost of ownership for the LGA 1200 platform, the Core i3-10105 is a lukewarm recommendation…go without a graphics card. With our test results, you’ll save money and get better performance by choosing a Ryzen 3 3100 over a Core i3-10105, assuming you have a satisfactory video card and can find a Ryzen 3 cheap enough. But these two are the great “if”.

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All of this can change as market pressures cause prices to fluctuate. Intel’s new Alder Lake could exert downward pressure – perhaps! – On the prices of chips and the plates below them. If the price on the Core i3-10105 drops a bit more, or if you find an excellent deal on an LGA 1200 motherboard, the Core i3-10105 can It has become a more worthy option to consider for a budget system. But cheaper Alder Lake boards are coming, and the i3-10105’s pull window closes quickly. For now, you’ll probably want to go for Ryzen if you can, or take a look at your Alder Lake options where budget models and boards come online.

Positives

  • Quad-core design just over $120 and readily available

  • Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz

  • Includes applicable built-in silicon graphics

  • Stock cooler comes in the box

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Negatives

  • Outperforms ‘cheaper’ AMD Ryzen competition (at least based on list price)

  • LGA 1200 is a dead end platform

  • A higher priced entry point for LGA 1200 boards, versus equivalent Ryzen AM4 boards

bottom line

Intel’s Core i3-10105 “Comet Lake Refresh” is a modest value among quad-core CPUs, burdened with a dead-end socket but readily available at the list price and equipped with capable integrated graphics.

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