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Intel Core i3-550 Processor 3.2 GHz 4 MB Cache Socket LGA1156

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  • 3.20 GHz Desktop Processor
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  • Dual-core with four-way multi-task processing
  • Socket LGA 1156
  • 73 watt TDP
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CPU Model Family core i3 core i3 pentium 4 Core i3 2120
CPU Model Speed 3.2 GHz Information not Provided Information not Provided 3.6 GHz
Processor Count 2 2 2 2
CPU Model Socket Socket H (LGA 1156) Socket H (LGA 1156) Socket H (LGA 1156) Socket H2 (LGA 1155)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model: BX80616I3550
  • Processor Count: 2
  • Computer Cpu Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • Computer Cpu Manufacturer: Intel
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5 x 3.2 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003LL1X1A
  • Item model number: BX80616I3550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 1, 2010

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Intel Core i3 DUAL Core Socket LGA1156 Processors

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The Intel Core i3-550 Processor brings solid performance, Intel HD Graphics, and innovative Intel technologies to your desktop computer. With two cores running at 3.20 GHz, the Core i3-550 won't have any problems handling your everyday applications. And with the processor's built-in graphics, you won't have to spend extra money on a video card in order to get a stunning HD visual experience.

Intel Core i3-550
features:
  • Two 3.20 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 i3-550 contains two processors, or execution cores, on one integrated circuit. Combined with four threads, the Core i3-550 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 Core i3-550 features Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to deliver more efficient use of resources and better performance on multi-threaded software. You can 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 Core i3-550 has a generous 4 MB of 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.

Built-in Intel HD Graphics
With the Core i3-550, Intel HD Graphics is built right into the CPU, so you won't have to spend money on a discrete graphics card in order to get stunning results. Intel HD Graphics provides sharp images, rich color, and lifelike audio and video. It supports multiple monitors, premium video such as Blu-ray Disc playback and mainstream gaming, as well as a full Windows 7 experience. The Core i3-550 has a graphics core that runs at 733 MHz to maximize viewing power.

Made on a 32nm manufacturing process for better energy efficiency, the Core i3-550 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


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It runs fairly cool and is very quick!
Joe D.
Though, I am not much of a gamer, I feel this cpu gets the job done without emptying your pockets.
Malik
The integrated HD graphics means that a fairly good GPU is built in.
Steve Schlesinger

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe D. on January 9, 2011
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I recently made the switch from Mac to PC and decided on a custom built computer. I did not trust purchasing a "name brand" system and wanted to choose my own parts, etc. I opted for the Core i3 550 and couldn't be happier. It runs fairly cool and is very quick! I'm not a gamer and don't plan to OC the chip so I don't have any comment on that end, but it has handled Windows 7 very well in many aspects.

If you are looking for a fast chip that won't break the bank, look no further than the Core i3 550.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Zilber on January 31, 2011
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I recently built my first pc for gaming and wanted a good mix of value and performance for each component. The intel core i3 550 seemed like a good value, having the combination dual core + hyper threading and an onboard graphics processing unit. The onboard gpu is nice because my motherboard does not have onboard graphics and if my PCI-e graphics card did not work for some reason I would still have a functional computer.

Since this was my first computer build, I assembled it somewhat haphazardly and made some mistakes. In the case of the processor, I did a really bad job applying thermal compound to the chip. The stock heatsink comes with some kind of thermal pad stuck to the bottom and rather than use it alone or scrape it off and use my own compound (arctic silver), i left it on AND used the arctic silver. Bad choice--idling was at about 40C and running prime95 for about 30 seconds got the cpu up to 80C. These are not stable temperatures for a gaming computer (which can apply a load similar to prime95) so I checked the arctic silver website and found some good directions on how to apply thermal compound.

Tips for applying thermal compound:
-both cpu and heatsink surface need to be extremely clean (no dust/oil/hair/etc). Rubbing alcohol is recommended.
-you only use a very small amount of thermal compound--just to fill microscopic gaps between the heatsink and fan (ie the metal should do most of the heat conduction, not the compound). In my case, i should have removed the thermal pad on the stock heatsink.
-apply a small amount of thermal compound to both surfaces and work it in with the edge of a credit card, passing over repeatedly to spread the compound over the entire surface (DONT use your finger to spread it around).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plasmacartwheel on March 21, 2011
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Got it for an HDTV application with an HDMI Intel motherboard. I was slightly sceptical due to some surprisingly downbeat reviews of the current wave of Intel motherboards. However, I have been using Intel motherboards for about ten years and they seembulletproof. I have some that were so caked in dirt and dust I was surprised they still worked. Took a chance and built the HTPC - works brilliantly. No hesitation on anything I have done with it 1080P, which, so far, is everything except playing with Blu-Ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WVB Jr on September 7, 2012
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I was worried that I wouldnt be enough processor. I was wrong. It runs Windows 7 PRO 64 bit like a champ. Im using the on board graphics and they are great. runs a 24 inch monitor great. Plenty of processor for an everyday computer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenny V. Phonephanh on March 22, 2012
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I have had this Intel Core i3-550 Processor 3.2 GHz 4 MB Cache Socket LGA1156 since 2011. About 3 months ago, I overclocked it up to 3.7 with Cooler Master V8, but it didn't run stable. So last week, I ordered my first water cooling kit and I installed to my case and everything was good. Guess what? I jumped the clock speed from 3.7 to 4.51 with no problem @ the temp. of 32 C & MB temp. @ 27
Not bad huh? Now I run it @ 4.17 because I don't wanna burn my CPU. Anyway, thanks for reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schlesinger on December 22, 2011
First of all, I am an Intel fan. Not only that, but I am stock holder and an Intel enthusiast (yes, we actually do exist). Hopefully I can answer some questions you may have about this processor before you put it in a system.

The original Core lineup (i7, i5, i3) were generation one, Sandy Bridge is generation 2, and Ivy Bridge is generation 3. I call Conroe the lost generation, or generation 1.5 in the evolution of the Core line of processors. Now they are somewhat the forgotten generation. In 2010 Intel made a huge splash at CES with 17 new processors, and that's where the story died. By the end of the year the word on the street was to wait for Sandy Bridge. This processor came out the second quarter of 2010 so it was forgotten about as fast as it came out.

Sandy Bridge is an amazing technology. I have a Core i7 2600K and love it. But, for a bang for your buck basis you'll be surprised how well this 550 works. On the side of the box are the words "media series" and in the specs it lists "Intel Integrated HD graphics." What does this mean? This means that you need to find an LGA 1156 motherboard that supports Intel HD Graphics. The one I bought was the Intel H55TC motherboard. For the time being they are still plentiful. I bought the Intel version because I do like their motherboards. On the outside of the motherboard box it also said "media series."

If you match up this processor to the right type of motherboard you won't need to buy a video card. The integrated HD graphics means that a fairly good GPU is built in. How good? Good enough to run HDMI flawlessly which is why I wanted it in the first place. It went into a home theater PC build, along with a TV card the unit plays 1080P video without the slightest hesitation.
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