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Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor (3MB Cache, 3.3 GHz) Intel HD Graphics 4000

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  • Model: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-3225
  • Core Count: 2
  • Clock Speed: 3.3 GHz
  • Intel Smart Cache: 3 MB
  • Socket: LGA 1155
  • Max Thermal Design Power:  55 W
  • Processor Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics Base Frequency: 650 MHz
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.3 x 4.4 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0093H8H8I
  • Item model number: BX80637I33225
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 2, 2012

Product Description

Intel Core i3 Processor i3-3225 3.3GHz 5.0GT/s 3MB LGA 1155 CPU, Retail

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overall i am quite pleased with this processor.
Pavel Bondarev
This is a pretty good buy if you can get over Intel's attitude with regard to pricing (we are Intel, and you will pay us lots of money!).
Jeffrey Grover
I chose this i3 processor with HD 4000 graphics because I really didn’t want to purchase a dedicated video card.
Kman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kman on November 27, 2012
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Processor Specs:
i3-3225, 3.30 GHz, 3MB Cache, LGA1155, HD Graphics 4000
2 Cores/4 Way Multitask Processing (Hyper-Threading)
3 year warranty

I’ve wanted an HTPC for some time now but couldn’t decide if I wanted to build one or buy a small form factor (bookshelf) offering. After reading countless reviews of today’s offerings, I wasn’t confident the performance from a bookshelf pc would be adequate for what I want my HTPC to do. I’ll mostly use it to stream content to my flat screen but would also like to run serviio and pogoplug’s desktop software.
I chose this i3 processor with HD 4000 graphics because I really didn’t want to purchase a dedicated video card. I’ll put my gaming pc’s card (Nvidia GTX 560Ti) in it when it can’t keep up with new titles.
Overall I’m completely happy with my choice. The computer takes about 60 seconds to start up and be usable; I know installing an ssd will make a huge difference. My gaming pc (i5 2500k) with ssd boot drive takes around 10-15 seconds in comparison.

Below is a summary of my findings over the past week of use in different scenarios.
Computer is running Windows 7 64bit
Scenario 1) Windows Experience Results with my setup (7.9 = Highest possible score)
Processor = 7.2
Memory = 7.6
Graphics (HD 4000) = 6.5
Gaming Graphics (HD 4000) = 6.5
Primary Hard Disk = 5.9 <---Note: this is with the 7200 RPM laptop drive.

Scenario 2) Running Prime 95 with all cores maxed
Core Temps ~60 deg C (I used my i5 2500k fan since it seemed better than the included i3 fan. I also used artic silver thermal paste.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Price on December 16, 2012
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If you're looking for a budget CPU with Intel's HD 4000 graphics, stop here. No, seriously. This is Intel's only Core i3 processor for desktops with the HD 4000 GPU integrated onto the chip. All other third-generation Core i3 GPUs utilize a shader-reduced variant of the HD 4000 that won't cut it for gaming.

Edit: Since this review, the i3-3245 has launched which also has the HD 4000 onboard, the i3-3245 is effectively the successor to the i3-3225 for the budget audience looking for an HD 4000. While I haven't used the i3-3245, I expect it handles very similarly.

Now, some of you may shudder to think of the HD 4000 being used for gaming, but it actually can handle very well. If you're on a budget, and can't afford a great GPU just yet, the HD 4000 can play games like Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 without problem. No, it can't play the latest-and-greatest flawlessly, but it will do 1080P H.264 video without overheating your room, or your electricity bill.

Not to mention, as a CPU, the Core i3 delivers excellence that puts down AMD's latest Fusion class of CPUs. While Fusion may deliver better GPUs, you're probably going to buy a GPU anyways at some point, which makes Fusion's GPU useless in comparison.

Also, for HTPC systems, often times, you don't want an amazing GPU. You've got an Xbox 360 or PS3 for that. Enjoy playing all the games that your Xbox can't run, and get great low-heat CPU capabilities at the same time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rob S. on December 27, 2012
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I'm using this CPU in a budget gaming build - I can't comment on the integrated graphics because I'm using a discrete graphics card. I got this over the Core i3-3220 (which is usually cheaper) because this was cheaper with a promotion. However, if you check the reviews for the HD 4000 graphics, you'll find that it will do fine at 1366 x 768 at medium settings for most games. Moving on, this CPU is plenty fast for gaming, general productivity, etc. A review by NCIX showed that the Core i3-3220 (which is identical to this CPU, just with HD 2500 graphics) was NOT a real bottleneck for games. I have this paired up with an XFX Double D 2GB Radeon HD 7850 overclocked to 1025Mhz Core/1225Mhz memory and I can play Metro 2033, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, DiRT Showdown, Starcraft II, and just about any other game I throw at it at 1080p on the highest settings without a hiccup. The only games that may tax this processor are Battlefield 3, since it is especially coded to work with multiple cores. If you plan on playing BF3, doing video encoding, video-editing or anything especially CPU intensive, I would recommend you get any of the current generation Ivy Bridge Quad-Core processors. However, if you're on a budget, this is the way to go. It will serve your needs well and it runs very cool. With a Xigmatek SD1283 cooler, my processor is 25C idle and 48C on full load, with the fan at LOW speed. Compared to the AMD A10-5800K, reviews show that there isn't significant difference in the general user experience between these two processors, and the i3-3225 actually outpaces it slightly in most benchmarks. However, if you plan on using this for a very low budget-gaming build, the A10-5800K's integrated graphics are superior.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By April R. Holmstrom on February 26, 2013
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CPU was quick and easy to install. Worked perfectly.

Its an Ivy Bridge, and uses Intel's HD 4000 graphics. HD Videos are sharp on my 46' Sony Bravia, and I can play older games on High Settings without a dedicated graphics card. Older games like Fallout 3 play on high settings without issue. Minecraft looks brilliant. Aliens vs Predator 2K, Doom 1,2,3 all run on high. (Bless you Steam)

Great buy for a mid range gaming system. You'll still want to pick up a graphics card for newer games to play on high. 7850, 7875, or 560ti are good mid price choices.

If you want a great CPU for a sub $140 price, this is your processor.
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