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Intel Core i3-530 Processor 2.93 GHz 4 MB Cache Socket LGA1156

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  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: BX80616I3530
  • Processor Count: 2
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year limited warranty

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Intel Core i3 530 Processor 2.93 GHz with 4 MB L3 shared cache. Features Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (dual-core with 4 threads), NEW with Intel HD Graphics at 733 MHz, LGA1156 package. Intel HD Graphics supported when used with DH55TC, DH55HC or similar motherboards. Included in box: processor, fan/heatsink, manual and chassis sticker. 3 Year Limited Warranty. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology - lets your processor do two things at the same time, similar to a toaster that has two slots instead of one, or four slots instead of two. The result is that you can do a lot more in less time. Intel HD Graphics- provides superb visual performance for sharper images, richer color and lifelike video. Now available on select models of the all NEW 2010 Intel Core Processor Family.

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The Intel Core i3-530 Processor brings solid performance, Intel HD Graphics, and innovative technologies to your desktop computer. With two cores running at 2.93 GHz, the Core i3-530 won't have any problems handling your everyday applications. And thanks to the processor's built-in graphics , you won't have to spend extra money on an external video card in order to get a stunning HD visual experience.

Intel Core i3-530
features:
  • Two 2.93 GHz cores for better multitasking and multithreaded performance.
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics.
  • 4 MB of Intel Smart Cache.
  • Made on a 32nm process for better energy efficiency.
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The Intel Core i3-530 processor includes built-in HD graphics.
Multiple Cores for Speedy, Multi-Threaded Performance
The Intel Core i3-530 contains two processors, or execution cores, on one integrated circuit. Combined with four threads, the Core i3-530 can simultaneously work on multiple tasks. This design produces faster and more efficient results, so your computer won't slow down--no matter how many applications you have open.

Hyper-Threading for Better Efficiency
The Intel Core i3-530 Processor features Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to deliver more efficient use of resources and better performance on multithreaded software. You'll be able to run demanding desktop applications, such as music and movie creation applications, while running background applications, such as virus protection software, and still maintain system responsiveness.

Large Smart Cache for Better Media Performance
Intel Smart Cache provides performance-maximized storage for frequently accessed data. The Intel Core i3-530 has a generous 4 MB of Intel Smart Cache kept close to the processor, so there's always data feeding in. The result is better overall functionality for everyday applications and markedly improved performance for rich media titles and games.

Intel HD Graphics Built-in
With the Core i3-530, Intel HD Graphics is built right into the CPU, so you won't have to spend money on an external graphics card in order to get stunning results. Intel HD Graphics provides sharp images, rich color, and lifelike audio and video. Intel HD Graphics support multiple monitors, premium video such as Blu-ray Disc playback and mainstream gaming as well as a full Windows 7 experience.The Core i3-530 has a graphics core that runs at 733 MHz, and to maximize viewing power.

The Intel Core i3-530 is made on a 32nm manufacturing process for better energy efficiency. It uses the LGA1156 socket and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.


Intel Core i3 Processor Comparison
Intel Core i3-560 Processor Intel Core i3-550 Processor Intel Core i3-540 Processor Intel Core i3-530 Processor
Number of Processing Cores 2 2 2 2
Number of Simultaneous Threads 4 (With Intel HT Technology) 4 (With Intel HT Technology) 4 (With Intel HT Technology) 4 (With Intel HT Technology)
Clock Speed 3.33 GHz 3.20 GHz 3.06 GHz 2.93 GHz
Intel Smart Cache 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB
Embedded Options Available No No Yes No
Max Memory Size 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333 DDR3-1066/1333 DDR3-1066/1333 DDR3-1066/1333
Integrated Intel HD Graphics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graphics Base Frequency 733 MHz 733 MHz 733 MHz 733 MHz
Dual Display Capable Yes Yes Yes Yes


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.2 x 5.7 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0030DN1GO
  • Item model number: BX80616I3530
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2010

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I bought this in a combo with a Biostar TH55B HD to upgrade a household server running 24/7. Goal was to achieve fastest speed with least energy use and stress on components (longest life). I set all voltages to their lowest in the Biostar's BIOS: CPU -.08V (~1.092 max. in CPU-Z, ~.082 min. EIST), VTT 1.15, PLL 1.8, PCH 1.1, IGD "Spec" i.e. lowest. To my surprise, reached a stable overclock of 3.608 GHz (22 x 164), which has passed every test I've thrown at it and has been running for a week now. (Posted a screen shot of one test above.) Temps are no issue with stock cooler--no surprise there. At idle, my Kill-a-Watt readings for the system with integrated graphics enabled, 1.5V DRAM, Corsair 80+ 400W PS and 1 HD spinning (not including monitor) is an amazing 39W. With 3 HDs spinning and 100% CPU (IntelBurnTest) the highest reading I've seen is 86W. Of course, if you're 3-D gaming with the GPU overclocked under the same circumstances the draw would be greater. But, with four threads (HT) at 3.6 GHz on tap, idling at 39W, this is incredible power per watt for 24/7 running, not to mention per dollar.
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Hi, just bought an Intel Core i3-530 for my SFF box. Paired with a Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H and 4GB of Crucial Value ram.

It's a huge improvement coming from an old AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (1.8 Ghz).
I expected more like a lightning fast opening programs and files, but when it really shines is in multitasking. I can do several tasks at a time like trans-coding movies, burning dvds and playing a movie without a hiccup. It's great not having to wait for frozen windows !!!

On the power consumption side, it's very frugal, even more than my old AMD with Venice core. Consumption for the old box was between 60 and 95 watts, but this build oscillates between 55 watts and 80 watts. Box is a QPack, with one SATA DVDRW and a SATA HD using internal graphics, measured with a Kill-A-Watt meter.

I'm very happy with this update I made to my system. Installed the old parts in my mom's old PC.

I'm glad that I could wait until now. I got a 32nm processor with all the bells and whistles. I expect this one last several years too as my old parts.
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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. The only reason I give it four stars out of five is that for a slightly higher cost and power draw, AMD offers a couple of quad-core processors that rate far higher on the benchmark list. If you visit "cpubenchmark dot net" and take a look at the "High-End CPU Chart," you'll see what I mean. The AMD Phenom X4 945 costs $21 more than the i3-530, uses only 22 more watts of power, but scores substantially higher on the benchmark chart, 3,598 to 2,711. To be frank and fair, from a technological perspective, this is largely because the Phenom X4 945 is a quad-core chip, with 6MB of L3 cache, running at a faster 3.0GHz clock rate, while the Core i3-530 is a dual-core chip with 4MB of L3 cache, running at a lower clock rate of 2.93GHz. Similarly, the $99 AMD Athlon X4 640 Propus is a quad-core chip with a 95W TDP that loses the L3 cache, runs at a 3.0GHz rate, and scores 3,647 on the chart.

If you're on a tight budget and looking for a low-power chip that will handle everyday tasks and gaming, the i3-530 will perform admirably, especially since most common applications and games being run today still only take advantage of, at most, two chip cores.
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I bought this for a HTPC build and paired it with an Intel BOXDH57DD mobo. I'm super impressed with the 27watt idle power consumption for the entire PC (Antec 400W PS, Intel 40GB SSD)! I will say the stock CPU cooler is junk. I ran a stress test on it and temps were continuing to climb past 75C. I turned off the stress test after that point because I became uncomfortable. I ended up buying a Thermalright HR-01 3U heatsink with a socket 1156 bolt thru kit, lapped the daylights out of the heatsink and lappped the CPU as well. I made a custom fan duct from the heatsink to a 80mm case fan (plugged into the CPU fan power connector) and cannot get the CPU temp to go past 55C.
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I bought this CPU for my home made NAS, because of very good performance and low power consumption. And very good performance for 1 watt.
I host lots of services on this NAS for many users ~20. No lags, no problems, everything works great.

NAS config:
1. 8GB USB flash - OS installed.
2. 2 x 2GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
3. 4 x 5K3000 Hitachi 2TB HDD
4. CPU: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-530 2.93GHz 4MB LGA1156
5. motherboard: Intel Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard Supporting Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RAID) BOXDH57JG
6. Case: SERVER CHA CHENBRO ES34169-BK-120R. To reduce noise, fan voltage is changed from 12V to 5V.
7. Extra fan for case Vantec Stealth SF6025L 60x60x25mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan (Black)"
8. CASE needs low profile fan for CPU - Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile 36mm Height CPU Cooler CLP0534
9. OS: Ubuntu Linux 10.10
It is $400 hardware set + $240 for 4 HDDs, much cheaper than baying something expensive and very low performant.
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