Intel Core i3-8100 vs Intel Core i7-11850H

Compare Intel 8th Generation Core i3 4 core CPU vs Intel 11th Generation Core i7 8 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

31 %
63 %
103% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

56 %
87 %
55% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

24 %
56 %
133% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

23 %
55 %
139% significantly better heavy workload score

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Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

300% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
44% significantly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
5 GHz
33% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
45 W
44% significantly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

25% slightly more pcie lanes

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

64 GiB
128 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

256 KiB
768 KiB
200% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

6 MiB
24 MiB
300% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

579th of 1,337
216th of 1,337


The product line

8th Generation Core i3
11th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2017
May 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i3-8100 vs Core i7-11850H benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-11850H is faster than the Core i3-8100. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i3-8100 in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-11850H has significantly more cores with 8 cores compared to the Core i3-8100 that has 4 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i3-8100. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i3-8100 has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-11850H. Despite this, the Core i7-11850H has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i7-11850H outputs less heat than Core i3-8100 thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

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. For instance, the Core i3-8100 has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.


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