Been a month since release in the US. Available at Lam Rd ?
As much as we'd like to avoid a repeat conclusion of our other Haswell CPU reviews, it's the same old story - the Core i3-4130 is certainly faster than it's Ivy Bridge predecessors, but not enough to warrant an upgrade. However, the same can't be said if you've got a Sandy Bridge Pentium or Core i3 such as the Core i3-2100 - here you'll notice a substantial improvement, but then you'd hope so too given they're two CPU generations apart. It's also true that the Core i3-4130 out-does the AMD A10-6800K in most 2D tests with a huge lead in the image editing test and even pipping it in the video encoding test despite the AMD APU's two core advantage.
As such, the tide has turned somewhat in Intel's favour at the low end, as it increases its 2D performance and makes AMD's FM2 APUs a sensible option only for setups without a discrete GPU. Of course, if you're not into 3D gaming, then the Intel CPU is again our firm favourite - in 2D tasks it outstrips similarly-priced AMD CPUs that we've tested. We'll hopefully be taking a look at a more comparable AMD CPU soon so you might want to hold on a while till we've put it through it's paces. However, the Core i3-4130 provides a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you combine it with a cheap LGA1150 motherboard.