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Intel Core i3-3240 Dual-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33240

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  • Frequency: 3400 MHz
  • Bus speed: 5 GT/s DMI
  • Clock multiplier: 34
  • Socket: Socket 1155 (Socket H2)
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Processor Series Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3
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  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 4 x 3.8 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0093H8GQG
  • Item model number: BX80637I33240
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 2, 2012

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Intel Core i3 Processor i3-3240 3.4GHz 5.0GT/s 3MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail

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I am happy with this processor.
Jaxbert
The Intel Core i3-3240 microprocessor performs 3% better in multi-threaded tasks over the 3220.
Louie the Italian Jew
A great processor that is worth more bangs for my bucks.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Louie the Italian Jew TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 20, 2013
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If you have or plan on getting a GPU, get this CPU. If you don't, get the i3 3225. The graphics on this are HD2500 while the graphics on the i3 3225 are HD4000. There is a 33% difference in graphics from articles I've read. If you're planning on installing a GPU, this is a better card to get. There are GPU's on Amazon for as low as 30 dollars with 10 dollar rebates if you don't want to spend a lot. At that point, you'll have better graphics than HD4000. I'm using this with last years 650ti and a 450 watt PSU, and am getting nice results (no bottlenecking). If I were to start today on a new build, I'd pair the 3240 with a 650ti Boost. From what I've read, once your GPU gets too powerful, bottlenecking will occur with an i3.

As far as comparing this to the i3 3220, CPU World did a comparison:
3240 advantages:
3240 performs 3% faster in single-threaded programs.
The Intel Core i3-3240 microprocessor performs 3% better in multi-threaded tasks over the 3220.
Memory performance of the CPU is better.
The Intel i3-3240 has 2% better price/performance ratio than the Intel Core i3-3220.

3220 advantages:
none

My Mini ITX setup with this chip (to fit into a BitFenix Prodigy*)

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB GDDR5 2x DVI / HDMI / D-SUB PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N65TOC-2GI
Boost now sells for the same price, but wasn't out when I purchased mine.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on March 4, 2013
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For the longest time I only looked at i5's and i7's, a friend told me to check out this bad boy and i'm glad I did. This little CPU is amazing. Runs everything I can through at it. Granted I don't do a lot multitasking as of right now, but it handles my games and needs with no problem at all. Installed was quick and easy. Great budget CPU if you are looking for one, you won't be dissappointed with this CPU!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WBoweIII on September 18, 2013
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I use this for my home media server (using Plex). For the money you can't beat it. Can transcode at least 3 streams at once (not tried more) with no problem
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles on January 24, 2014
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I bought this along with the ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard to replace my Asus P5Q3 Deluxe motherboard. I primarily use my computer for music production and video editing. I have noticed significant improvement in everything I'm doing and I'm still using 4GB of RAM. I'm glad I followed many reviews from people that said despite i5 and i7 processors will give you the best in performance, this i3 processor does more than enough for less money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Foust on October 28, 2013
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I bought this processor for a budget build and it's performing beautifully. I love Intel's i-series processors. My gaming PC has an i7-3770 and it's amazing, but I paid quite a bit for it. This i3 processor while certainly not as powerful costs 60% less and is still quite fast. It has enough power for most people anyway. Unless you're getting into really heavy gaming or very demanding multitasking, this CPU will easily handle everything you throw at it. It may only be a dual-core processor but with Intel's hyper-threading it will still multitask basic applications well.

As for the integrated graphics (HD 2500) they are actually pretty good. Certainly not designed for gamers (if you want to play modern graphic intensive games you HAVE to buy a decent video card) the integrated graphics still work well for most applications and even older games. Skyrim probably would look pretty bad but from what I've seen and tested I think Oblivion would look OK. More than enough for any office or media PC, and if nothing else, it's nice to know if your video card dies, your integrated graphics are still good enough that you can comfortably use your computer for everyday tasks up to casual gaming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Akins on October 11, 2013
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This processor is great for everyday tasks such as email, internet, Microsoft office, YouTube, etc. Not sure about how it would perform for gaming as I did not buy it for that purpose. Would definitely recommend if building a budget friendly PC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JOHN I. MCCONNELL on August 12, 2013
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I installed it in my homemade Windows Media Center unit. I wanted something that was fast enough to handle the demands of Media Center, but also cool enough that it didn't require a noisy fan. This unit fits the bill. It is installed in a Barebones box next to the TV and we never hear the fan. The video quality is excellent. We don't use the processor for much besides watching video, so I can't comment on other aspects of the i3.

The unit comes with an Intel-supplied fan, but I didn't use it (I preferred the Barebones fan, which is quieter). Installation of the chip was straightforward (spreading the goop over the top of the chip for the fan contact is the trickiest part--but it went smoothly).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JG. Barker on May 30, 2014
I just build my new PC, and bought this. I have a tight budget so I considered getting the 3rd gen CPUs. It's pretty much working seamless. I got an 8GB RAM for it and a 500 Watts PSU, it doesn't really consume a lot of power because this one I think is only 55 watts compared to my old processor q8400 quadcore. I haven't tried any video editing and rendering but I tried opening multiple softwares and it really works great. I think this is a great CPU for the price.
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