Intel Core i3-7020U vs AMD FX-4170

Compare Intel 7th Generation Core i3 2 core CPU vs AMD FX 4-Core Black Edition 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

13 %
18 %
38% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

25 %
32 %
28% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

9 %
14 %
55% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

9 %
13 %
44% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

1,243
1,478
18% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

545
5% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
515

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

2
Identical
2

Threads

Number of logical processing units

4
Identical
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
4 GHz
82% significantly higher clock speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
733% significantly lower TDP
125 W

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

1,028th of 1,326
850th of 1,326

Family

The product line

7th Generation Core i3
FX 4-Core Black Edition

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2018
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Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2133
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Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
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Core i3-7020U vs FX-4170 comparison

In our benchmarks, the FX-4170 beats the Core i3-7020U in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i3-7020U in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores and the same number of threads.

Our database shows that the FX-4170 has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i3-7020U.

A Core i3-7020U CPU outputs less heat than a FX-4170 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the FX-4170 over the Core i3-7020U.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Core i3-7020U and the FX-4170, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i3-7020U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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