Intel Core i3 DUAL Core Socket LGA1156 Processors
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 |
- 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.
Multiple Cores for Speedy, Multi-Threaded Performance
The Intel Core i3-530 processor includes built-in HD graphics.
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 |