Intel's Dual-Core Core i3 Processor

Intel Core i3 530

Core i3 is an entry-level 2-core processor using the 32nm Westmere micro-architecture.

Core i3 Features

Integrated dual-channel DDR3 memory controller
separate DMI interface to peripheral devices
HD-capable graphics controller
separate 256 KB L2 cache for each core
Up to 4 MB L3 cache shared between 2 cores
SSE4 instructions
HyperThreading technology
support for Virtualization

Because Core i3 is entry-level certain features are not supported.

Core i3 Features Not Supported

Turbo Boost Technology,, which temporary increases frequency of one or more cores, is disabled
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions are not supported
Trusted Execution technology not supported
VT-d virtualization not supported

Core i3 CPUs for budget desktop use are packaged in Socket 1156 Land-Grid Array (LGA) package. Core i3 CPUs for budget notebook and mobile use are packaged in BGA-1023 or 988 micro-PGA package.

Core i3 Processor Block Diagram

Core i3 Processors

Processor Clock Speed Power Disipation
Core i3-530 2.93 GHz 73 watts
Core i3-540 3.06 GHz 73 watts
Core i3-550 3.2 GHz 73 watts
Core i3-560 3.3 GHz 73 watts
Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz 65 watts
Core i3-2120 3.3 GHz 65 watts

Al Chartreux says, "I helped a friend put together a build with the Core i3-530. It's a nice machine, and we're pleased with how it came out and performs. Like all of Intel's desktop CPU's, the Core i3-530 is a quality chip, and at a price of $114.99, certainly among the most inexpensive of Intel's desktop offerings, which tend to be priced at a range of $150 to $300 for low to mid-range chips, and $310 and higher for high-end chips. At a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 73 watts, the i3-530 is a cool-running chip that doesn't gobble down loads of electricity, so those looking for power-efficient, quiet machines will be happy with it. Click here for more information.

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