Intel Core i3-8130U 8th Gen Dual-Core Laptop CPU

The 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U is a mid-range dual-core laptop processor. The previous generation Core i3 chips are lower-mid-range CPUs and the i3-8130U is noticeably faster than them, so it is a mid-tier model. This advancement is enabled primarily with help of Intel’s TurboBoost technology, which is lacking on the 7th Gen and older i3 counterparts. TurboBoost allows big clock speed bursts – in this case from default 2.2 GHz up to 3.4GHz, in situations when a computing task requires that.

Intel Core i3-8130U CPU Benchmark

Intel Core i3-8130U Benchmark

Advantage of the Intel Core i3-8130U over its i3-7100U precursor, as well as other 7th Gen CPUs, is very visible in benchmark results. On the other hand, the i3-8130U noticeably lags behind other 8th Gen Intel Core chips, such as the widely used i5-8250U. That’s primarily because the i5 has four processing cores as opposed to i3’s two cores.

As for real-life use, the Intel Core i3-8130U is an excellent solution for the day-to-day computing tasks – web browsing, work in MS Office and other productivity software, or media playback. Investing in faster 8th Gen i5 and i7 makes sense if you do demanding tasks like video or photo editing on daily basis. In aforementioned routine daily tasks difference between the i3, i5, and i7 is barely noticeable.

As for gaming, the i3-8130U with its Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics is capable of running only light games. But, many of the most popular titles, such as League of Legends or Minecraft, aren’t demanding and they can run on the UHD 620 quite smoothly.

Specifications of the Intel Core i3-8130U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i3-8130U:

Processor Name

Intel Core i3-8130U

CPU Family

8th Generation Intel Core "Kaby Lake R"

Number of Cores

Dual-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

2.2 GHz – 3.4 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 2133MHz
DDR4 2400MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel UHD 620

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


Intel HyperThreading
Intel QuickSync
Intel TurboBoost
VT-d Virtualization
VT-x Virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by on May 4, 2018

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Intel Core i3-8130U

Below you can read and submit user reviews, comments, questions, and answers regarding the processor. Thank you for your contribution.

  1. Sahil Kapoor

    Hi there, I am planning to buy a computer with i3 8130u + 8GB RAM + 256gb SSD. The only thing I am concerned about is the processor. I am a computer science student and I mainly do web development on my laptop. My common work flow consists of writing and compiling code, watching youtube tutorials, making websites, testing the websites on different browsers. Is i3 8th gen capable enough for doing these tasks. Other then web development, online courses and browsing I don’t do anything else on my computer. So should I go for i3 8130u or save some money and buy a laptop with i5 8250u ?

    • Danijel Z

      Hi, I’m not a pro developer, but I played a little bit with simple Angular, and php+MySQL+Apache projects. These seem to be light software regarding CPU usage. I used them on the i5-7200U which is very similar performance-wise to the i3-8130U and on the i5-8250U without noticeable difference. Maybe in some very intensive programming scenarios the i5-8250U will perform better, but for making usual web apps I don’t think you would benefit much by using the 8250U.

  2. Binh

    Which laptop should i go with?
    Dell Inspirion 15 3000 series ($399)
    15.6 inch touchscreen
    Intel i5-7200u
    8 gb ram
    256 gb ssd
    HD graphics 620
    HP ($299)
    14 inch screen
    Intel i3-8130u
    4 gb ram
    126 gb ssd
    UHD graphics 620

    I will be using it for web surfing, school work and microsoft office stuff. No gaming. Very basic stuff.

    Thank You

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, the i5-7200U and i3-8130U are similarly fast. Both are excellent for the tasks you mentioned. I would choose Dell because HP’s 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage are on the smaller side and can be troublesome in some cases (small RAM can cause slowdowns when running multiple programs at the same time and small storage can slow down the system, if the storage is full).

      Assuming everything else is the same, I think additional $100 is a reasonable price for larger RAM and SSD capacities.

  3. Kulpreet

    Hi,I’m from India. Looking to buy new Laptop. i3 8130U is well in my Budget. I jst need it for Ms Office,Excel,Powerpoint,Browsing and medium gaming like FiFa or PES.Guide me for Graphic Card,RAM and Shoul I go forOctane 16GB with 1Tb HDD or 256 SSD

  4. Dan

    Hello, I am a daily computer user with Office and online applications. I have an opportunity to purchase Intel Core 8th Generation i3-8130U with 128GB M.2 SATA3 SSD Class 20 or Intel Core 8th Generation i5-8250U with 1 TB SATA. (Same price) Thoughts?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, I would go for the i3 / 128GB SSD variant. That’s because SSDs greatly improve responsiveness of Windows and programs compared to hard drives, regardless of SSD class. However, if you store large amount of data on your laptop, then 128GB size can be an issue. You’ll have to avoid storing movies on it or installing large games. But for Office documents and other small files 128GB should be enough.

      For your Office and web tasks, the i5 doesn’t bring any noticeable improvement over the i3.


      • Dan

        Thank you for the info!

  5. Mo

    would i be able to upgrade my i3-8130u?

    • Danijel Z

      No, unfortunately. The i3-8130U and modern laptop processors in general are not upgradeable, since they are soldered onto the motherboards.

  6. Eneida Gonzalez

    Hello, I am a college student and I am not really sure how to choose my laptop. Will a Intel 8th Generation Core i3 be suitable for me because I am going to be taking online courses as well as doing homework and doing essays and I don’t want there to be any issues with my decision of purchasing this laptop. Thank you.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Yes, the 8th Gen i3 is excellent for online courses, text processing, MS Office programs, and similar. You wouldn’t benefit from having a faster processor (like the 8th Gen i5 or i7), unless you do some heavy stuff like video editing, professional photo editing, 3D animations, OS virtualization, and such. But I would suggest you to get a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM, so you don’t have slowdowns when many browser tabs and programs run simultaneously. Also, an SSD drive instead of a hard drive will make everyday computing much smoother.

  7. Kavishanth

    Hi Danijel, I am currently using a core i3 7th gen laptop with 4GB ram. I would like to upgrate to i3 8th gen, basically because my I would do freelance typing over the internet. Please may I know if 8th gen i3 is suitable and the required ram for this purpose? Thanks a lot.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Yes, the 8th Gen i3 is excellent for typing, but I would suggest you to also get 8GB of RAM if you run multiple programs and browser tabs at the same time. I assume you know you can’t upgrade the processor in your existing laptop, since the 7th Gen i3 (and almost all other laptop processors) aren’t upgradeable.

  8. Julia

    Hi, good day. I am an online tutor and I am not a tech savvy person. I am teaching my students through video and phone calls in the internet. I am using some other platforms but skype most of the time and a browser with five to seven tabs simultaneously open and running during my class. Will a laptop with i3 and uhd 620 with 4 gb ram and 1tb storage be enough? I would also like to install NBA 2k19. By the way here are the specs of the laptop i am getting. Thank you so much.

    Intel® Core™ i3-8130U (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
    4 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    1 TB 5400 rpm SATA
    14″ diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge
    1 HDMI 1.4; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only)
    32.35 x 22.42 x 1.97 cm
    45 W AC power adapter
    3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      For Skype and web browsing it is fine. But, 4GB of RAM can be insufficient if you run many web pages in browser tabs plus other programs at the same time. So, I would suggest RAM upgrade to get at least 8GB of RAM (although 4GB is maybe sufficient for your work most of the time). Also, my suggestion is to get a laptop (or upgrade) with a solid state drive instead of hard drive (1 TB 5400 rpm SATA), because SSD makes user experience much smoother.

      As for NBA 2K19 and other games, the system isn’t a good choice, although it can run many games on low graphics detail settings, including NBA 2K19. RAM is again important in this case, since having dual-channel RAM (i.e. 2 x 4GB instead of 1 x 8GB or 1 x 4GB) can noticeably increase performance of the included UHD 620 graphics (which is the most important part for gaming). But if you want much better performance for games, a laptop with a dedicated video card (such as Nvidia GeForce) is recommended.

      • Julia

        Thank you so much Danijel Z. You are a very big help. More power to you and your site.

      • Julia

        Hi Danijel Z, it has been a while. I just saw a i3 8145u, well what can you say about it?

        • Danijel Z

          Danijel Z

          Hi, it is slightly faster than the i3-8130U, but in the real world use the difference probably won’t be noticeable at all.

  9. Ali Mumtaz

    hi, i am looking to buy i3 8th generation does it good for visual studio 2017 and VM for linux oracle. basically i want to use this for development purposes.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      The i3-8130U is a great processor, but the i5-8250U 8th Gen is a better solution for these tasks because of its 4-core / 8-thread design as opposed to 2-core / 4-thread. Primarily because of virtualization you’ll be using.

  10. Trey

    Looking to do some basic gopro editing once a month on a 8GB 1TB all-in-one. Will this processor suffice for that kind of work? Other than that, it’ll be our office computer for basic tasks.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      It’s good for occasional video editing and the daily office tasks, although it isn’t among the fastest laptop processors.

      I would recommend the quad-core 8th Gen i5 or i7 or even faster 8th Gen Core i5 and i7 H-series if you often do Ultra HD 4K video editing. Otherwise, the i3-8130U is sufficient, although it is slower than the aforementioned i5 and i7. That will be noticeable when exporting finished videos. You’ll have to wait a bit longer with the i3, but the tasks will be finished anyway.

      During regular office use, speed differences between the i3 and i5 / i7 won’t be noticeable.

  11. Harinder

    I intent to run Virtual Machines using VMware workstation. Will this processor be better than 7130U for running Virtual Machines.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      I haven’t tested that, but judging by the specs I would say the i3-8130U is better than the i3-7130U for virtualization. The 8130U has TurboBoost, which allows higher max. clock speed of 3.4 GHz as opposed to 2.7 GHz and it has 4 MB cache instead of 3 MB. On the other hand, both are 2-core / 4-thread chips, so I don’t thing that the difference is significant when it comes to virtualization and other tasks.

  12. Giorgio

    Could it run fortnite smoothly?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      It depends more on the graphics card than the processor. But if you’re asking about Fortnite on the Intel UHD 620 graphics which is built into the i3-8130U, I can say it won’t run smooth. The game will be playable, but not smooth, only on low settings. And even for that you’ll probably need dual-channel RAM memory. Take a look at a Fortnite on Intel UHD 620 graphics / dual channel RAM video in this review:

  13. Alexander

    What games that compatible with this intel core i3-8130u with Intel UHD Graphics 620?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Lighter games like LoL, CS:GO, Minecraft… Also some heavier games like GTA 5 on low settings. Take a look at this review of the Intel UHD 620 (in i5-8250U):
      That’s the same graphics processor as in the i3-8130U. Because the i3 is somewhat slower than the i5, performance will be slightly worse on the i3. Also, if your laptop has one RAM module instead of two, performance will be worse than presented in the review (I used dual-channel 2 x 8GB memory).

  14. Shekhar

    I am thinking of purchasing a laptop with i3-8130U with dedicated GPU nVidia MX130 on it. So will it be good for a daily use like multimedia, internet and bit of some games like Rise of the tomb Raider ?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, it’s excellent for a daily multimedia, web, office use. As for gaming, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a heavy game for the MX130, which is a very basic dedicated video card. However, you’ll be most likely able to play Tomb Raider on low graphics settings and resolution like 720p. The same applies to the most of other heavier games like GTA 5. Some older games like CS:GO or League of Legends are lighter and more suitable for the i3-8130U / MX130.

      • Matheo

        Hi , laptop with i3 8130u / mx150 would be good to fortnite?

        • Danijel Z

          Hi, I don’t own a laptop with the i3-8130U / MX150, but based on my experience with similar laptops I would say Forntnite will run for sure at least at around 50 fps on medium settings (and possibly higher). On low settings it should be at least around 100 fps.

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