Intel Core i3-9100F Quad Core CPU 3.60GHz- 4.2Ghz £60.38 @ Amazon
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Intel Core i3-9100F Quad Core CPU 3.60GHz- 4.2Ghz £60.38 @ Amazon

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Posted 19th MayEdited by:"mreriksen"
Excellent value for money, which I cannot really say about any other Intel desktop CPUs.

I was initially going to go with Ryzen, but this is cheaper than any quad core Ryzen product I can find.

Slight frequency boost compared to 8th gen i3.

Excellent budget CPU IMO, got this to power my 1080p gaming rig with RX 580.

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dippdopp19/05/2020 13:12

This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the …This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the boards are more expensive so, between this and a board you'd absolutely be better going AMD. good for a drop in though.


The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd be pairing this with a low end board of which there are many good cheap options.
Edited by: "umirza85" 19th May
This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the boards are more expensive so, between this and a board you'd absolutely be better going AMD. good for a drop in though.
Unless you already have a compatible motherboard then this isn't really all that great. With that in mind can't think of too many scenarios where you have a board that can take 9th Intels lying round waiting for the lowest CPU in the stack.

If you need a CPU AND a new motherboard then the 3100 represents much better value and is 4c/8t to boot. Fair play though, on it's own it's a good price for the CPU alone.
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This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the boards are more expensive so, between this and a board you'd absolutely be better going AMD. good for a drop in though.
dippdopp19/05/2020 13:12

This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the …This gets quite thoroughly trounced by the new 3100 from AMD. plus the boards are more expensive so, between this and a board you'd absolutely be better going AMD. good for a drop in though.


The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd be pairing this with a low end board of which there are many good cheap options.
Edited by: "umirza85" 19th May
Unless you already have a compatible motherboard then this isn't really all that great. With that in mind can't think of too many scenarios where you have a board that can take 9th Intels lying round waiting for the lowest CPU in the stack.

If you need a CPU AND a new motherboard then the 3100 represents much better value and is 4c/8t to boot. Fair play though, on it's own it's a good price for the CPU alone.
umirza8519/05/2020 13:15

The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd …The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd be pairing this with a low end board of which there are many good cheap options.



Yes but lower boards from AMD also give better value....so, while I agree it it is currently slightly dearer, it is vastly outwayed with performance per £. Again, if you buy the 3100 and a cheaper deal AM4, you will be getting a large step up in performace for very little money. It might also be noted that the heatsink in the Intel box is utterly terrible... The AMD one, though, will allow for some overclocking...this means even greater value for money
umirza8519/05/2020 13:15

The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd …The 3100 is £99, on the higher end of course boards are cheaper. But you'd be pairing this with a low end board of which there are many good cheap options.



it might also be noted that AMD gives you DOUBLE the amount of threads as Intel.. Intel is 4 core/4 thread, AMD is 4core/8 thread
This is an i3 with Pentium being a different range; no need to copy Amazon's error.
If it had a GPU it would be good for a basic desktop but as it is you have to budget for a discrete GPU which spoils the value proposition.
Obviously this doesn't apply for those wanting a discrete GPU.
Wish it wasn't the F. This integrates graphics are the absolute beast when it comes to Plex.
I understand people recommending Ryzen 3100, which what I was originally considering, but it is 57% more expensive. The AMD boards are cheaper but not by much.

The review of Harbour Boxed shows that Intel is a slightly better value in terms of cost per frame. youtube.com/wat…Mxw

I would rather spend extra £30(difference between CPU + Mobo) on a GPU for a low to mid end gaming rig.
PeacePipe19/05/2020 13:58

This is an i3 with Pentium being a different range; no need to copy …This is an i3 with Pentium being a different range; no need to copy Amazon's error. If it had a GPU it would be good for a basic desktop but as it is you have to budget for a discrete GPU which spoils the value proposition.Obviously this doesn't apply for those wanting a discrete GPU.


Thanks, corrected.
Great value proposition IMO for mid to low end gaming being the cheapest Quad Core CPU. I have managed to build the entire system for just under £350, which I couldn't with any of the Ryzen CPUs; and I am an AMD fanboy.
siliconbits19/05/2020 13:49

How would that compare with …How would that compare with this?https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Stealth-Cooler/dp/B0741DN383


will be quite a bit slower than this unfortunately. This CPU to me looks like rebranded i5-7600.
Edited by: "mreriksen" 19th May
This with a H310 board at circa £50 and its a tidy set up.
mreriksen19/05/2020 14:06

I understand people recommending Ryzen 3100, which what I was originally …I understand people recommending Ryzen 3100, which what I was originally considering, but it is 57% more expensive. The AMD boards are cheaper but not by much.The review of Harbour Boxed shows that Intel is a slightly better value in terms of cost per frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dY64Zy1MxwI would rather spend extra £30(difference between CPU + Mobo) on a GPU for a low to mid end gaming rig.


Your gonna bottleneck quickly with a lack of threads, a lot of modern titles use every CPU thread they can find. Depends what your gonna play.
mreriksen19/05/2020 14:12

Thanks, corrected.Great value proposition IMO for mid to low end gaming …Thanks, corrected.Great value proposition IMO for mid to low end gaming being the cheapest Quad Core CPU. I have managed to build the entire system for just under £350, which I couldn't with any of the Ryzen CPUs; and I am an AMD fanboy. will be quite a bit slower than this unfortunately. This CPU to me looks like rebranded i5-7600.



would you be able to list the parts for your build, that seems quite a bit cheaper than im currently able to find?
Intel Who?
Wish more of these were posted yes amd cheaper and better value faster bang per buck bla bla but Intel cpus are supported better in a plex server and mine is well overdue an upgrade
Edited by: "Danielle71" 19th May
mreriksen19/05/2020 14:06

I understand people recommending Ryzen 3100, which what I was originally …I understand people recommending Ryzen 3100, which what I was originally considering, but it is 57% more expensive. The AMD boards are cheaper but not by much.The review of Harbour Boxed shows that Intel is a slightly better value in terms of cost per frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dY64Zy1MxwI would rather spend extra £30(difference between CPU + Mobo) on a GPU for a low to mid end gaming rig.



Yes but Gamers Nexus/ JayZtwoCents/ Linus Tech Tips/ Bitwiz/ Hardware Unboxed/ DeBauer just to name almost the entire tach industry says you should buy the 3100 EVERY time...so, 1 namely pro Intel page might not have the same Kudos as the 'rest of the review industry'....just saying
Danielle7119/05/2020 15:21

Wish more of these were posted yes amd cheaper and better value faster …Wish more of these were posted yes amd cheaper and better value faster bang per buck bla bla but Intel cpus are supported better in a plex server and mine is well overdue an upgrade



Supported better.....yeah, in the Bulldozer days.
Edited by: "dippdopp" 19th May
dippdopp19/05/2020 15:27

Supported better.....yeah, in the Bulldozer days.


Do amd support hardware transcoding etc? Not last time I looked
dippdopp19/05/2020 15:27

Supported better.....yeah, in the Bulldozer days.


Always open to better solutions if you have one rather than daft comments
Danielle7119/05/2020 15:34

Always open to better solutions if you have one rather than daft comments



By daft comments I assume you mean, anyone who doesn't agree with you. If you want an answer to your 'snappy' little question then may I pleasantly suggest you go to Plexs' own forum and have a little look. thanks for your input.
dippdopp19/05/2020 15:40

By daft comments I assume you mean, anyone who doesn't agree with you. If …By daft comments I assume you mean, anyone who doesn't agree with you. If you want an answer to your 'snappy' little question then may I pleasantly suggest you go to Plexs' own forum and have a little look. thanks for your input.


Not at all but how does a Bulldozer help? It was a daft comment sorry if you don't agree. Thx for the advice already looked and continue to...
Danielle7119/05/2020 15:41

Not at all but how does a Bulldozer help? It was a daft comment sorry if …Not at all but how does a Bulldozer help? It was a daft comment sorry if you don't agree. Thx for the advice already looked and continue to...



A daft comment, that you obviously didn't understand first. The comment was saying that AMD have been fine for Plex since last Ryzen and was only really a noticable and genuine issue in the days of Bulldozer. So I was partly agreeing with you but only to the point that the shade you threw on AMD was due to issues of years away. Please read the comments and don't look for what you wish to see. Thanking you.
Edited by: "dippdopp" 19th May
dippdopp19/05/2020 15:55

A daft comment, that you obviously didn't understand first. The comment …A daft comment, that you obviously didn't understand first. The comment was saying that AMD have been fine for Plex since last Ryzen and was only really a noticable and genuine issue in the days of Bulldozer. So I was partly agreeing with you but only to the point that the shade you threw on AMD was due to issues of years away. Please read the comments and don't look for what you wish to see. Thanking you.


You have me totally wrong... But thx for the tips appreciated.
dippdopp19/05/2020 15:26

Yes but Gamers Nexus/ JayZtwoCents/ Linus Tech Tips/ Bitwiz/ Hardware …Yes but Gamers Nexus/ JayZtwoCents/ Linus Tech Tips/ Bitwiz/ Hardware Unboxed/ DeBauer just to name almost the entire tach industry says you should buy the 3100 EVERY time...so, 1 namely pro Intel page might not have the same Kudos as the 'rest of the review industry'....just saying


It's more than 50% more expensive :). They are benchmarking the CPUs with 2080 ti which in real world does not make sense. I think people would rather get i3-9100 and say gtx 1660 rather than R3 3100 and 1650, I know I would.

I would definitely go for 3300x instead of 3100 as it gives you a 3600 level of performance in games.
mreriksen19/05/2020 19:24

It's more than 50% more expensive :). They are benchmarking the CPUs with …It's more than 50% more expensive :). They are benchmarking the CPUs with 2080 ti which in real world does not make sense. I think people would rather get i3-9100 and say gtx 1660 rather than R3 3100 and 1650, I know I would.I would definitely go for 3300x instead of 3100 as it gives you a 3600 level of performance in games.


If you want something for lengevity maybe go for something with 6 cores, you will most likely need them in the near future, obviously costs more but this will be inadequate in about a year's time as things are moving quickly, heat added for the price btw
Edited by: "DealsDen101" 19th May
Danielle7119/05/2020 15:32

Do amd support hardware transcoding etc? Not last time I looked


Just because it's not officially supported in the plex support docs doesn't mean it doesn't work. Plonk a Ryzen 3400G in and it will work with hardware transcoding in plex just fine.

Also you couldn't use this CPU for hardware transcoding either given it has no iGPU!
Edited by: "OOSeven_" 19th May
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Foxybunny20/05/2020 04:21

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If you are referring to the temps of Ryzens the I think Intel is just about to reclaim that crown in a massive way with 10th series lava lake CPUs that you could heat a 3 bed semi with in mid January.
mreriksen19/05/2020 14:12

Thanks, corrected.Great value proposition IMO for mid to low end gaming …Thanks, corrected.Great value proposition IMO for mid to low end gaming being the cheapest Quad Core CPU. I have managed to build the entire system for just under £350, which I couldn't with any of the Ryzen CPUs; and I am an AMD fanboy. will be quite a bit slower than this unfortunately. This CPU to me looks like rebranded i5-7600.



The quad core Ryzen 1200 AF can be had for the same price or less, and has similar performance
Screamopilla21/05/2020 11:26

The quad core Ryzen 1200 AF can be had for the same price or less, and has …The quad core Ryzen 1200 AF can be had for the same price or less, and has similar performance


Care to share a link then?
mreriksen21/05/2020 11:28

Care to share a link then?



alza.co.uk/amd…BwE

or here:

reichelt.com/gb/…tml

There are no direct comparison reviews available but this is the best review of the 1200 AF I can find. When overclocked (which seems comparatively easy) it's not too far behind the Ryzen 2600 in a number of games, albeit will suffer from the lack of extra threads (as any budget quad core will):


The intel chip has better IPC ofc, but this is a valid option for anyone wanting an ultra budget AMD rig
Edited by: "Screamopilla" 21st May
Screamopilla21/05/2020 11:39

https://www.alza.co.uk/amd-ryzen-3-1200-12nm-d5821562.htm?kampan=adw_alza_pla_all_alza_Produkty_c_1007228_BD730e2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8OLa7t_E6QIVxYXVCh3IUA01EAkYAiABEgI6UfD_BwEor here:https://www.reichelt.com/gb/en/amd-am4-ryzen-3-1200-4x-3-10ghz-boxed-yd1200bbafbox-p281296.htmlThere are no direct comparison reviews available but this is the best review of the 1200 AF I can find. When overclocked (which seems comparatively easy) it's not too far behind the Ryzen 2600 in a number of games, albeit will suffer from the lack of extra threads (as any budget quad core will):[Video] The intel chip has better IPC ofc, but this is a valid option for anyone wanting an ultra budget AMD rig


Not sure what overclocking you are doing a 1200 does not keep up with an 8100 let alone the 9100:



Edited by: "Bertz99" 21st May
Bertz9921/05/2020 11:59

Not sure what overclocking you are doing a 1200 does not keep up with an …Not sure what overclocking you are doing a 1200 does not keep up with an 8100 let alone the 9100:[Video] [Video]



That's the original 1200, I'm talking about the new Zen+ 1200 AF refresh...

wccftech.com/amd…ip/
Edited by: "Screamopilla" 21st May
Screamopilla21/05/2020 12:17

That's the original 1200, I'm talking about the new Zen+ 1200 AF refresh...



ah - had missed they had AF'd the 1200 too and yes can see overclocked gets close to the 9100 at stock

Counter though is the 9100 overclocks too.
Bertz9921/05/2020 12:23

ah - had missed they had AF'd the 1200 too and yes can see overclocked …ah - had missed they had AF'd the 1200 too and yes can see overclocked gets close to the 9100 at stockCounter though is the 9100 overclocks too.



They're both solid chips for the price and I don't really care for fanboyism; just saying it's a valid low cost option if wanting to choose the AMD platform. The i3 9100f will likely still have the edge in games but it's multiplier locked so you can't overclock it easily although it turbo-boosts up to 4ghz all core I believe so no real need anyway. I'm looking forward to seeing how the i3 10100 performs when it eventually get's released as it will be a better budget choice for gaming with 4 cores and 8 threads. When you think that this was a flagship chip just a few years ago (as the 7700k) it shows how far we've come and how competition means better performance per £ for everyone. I just hope the i3 10100 will be priced to compete with it's AMD equivalents (the r3 3100/3300x, which are readily available now)
Edited by: "Screamopilla" 21st May
Screamopilla21/05/2020 12:30

They're both solid chips for the price and I don't really care for …They're both solid chips for the price and I don't really care for fanboyism; just saying it's a valid low cost option if wanting to choose the AMD platform. The i3 9100f will likely still have the edge in games but it's multiplier locked so you can't overclock it easily although it turbo-boosts up to 4ghz all core I believe so no real need anyway. I'm looking forward to seeing how the i3 10100 performs when it eventually get's released as it will be a better budget choice for gaming with 4 cores and 8 threads. When you think that this was a flagship chip just a few years ago (as the 7700k) it shows how far we've come and how competition means better performance per £ for everyone. I just hope the i3 10100 will be priced to compete with it's AMD equivalents (the r3 3100/3300x, which are readily available now)


Yep nice boost on Zen+ as I said was unaware.

Though at moment more interested in what that 4700g will be offering for a sff I have in mind as a maybe.
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