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Intel G540 CPU 2.50 GHZ 2M CACHE 2.5 2 LGA 1155 Processor (BX80623G540)

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  • G540
  • 2.50 GHZ
  • 2M Cache
  • Process Type: Intel Celeron Dual-Core Desktop Processor G540
  • Frequency: 2.5 GHz
  • Cache: 2 MB
  • Socket: Socket 1155
  • Max Memory Bandwidth: 21 GB/s
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: BX80623G540
  • Processor Count: 2
  • Computer CPU Speed: 2.5 GHz
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
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Product Description

Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor G540 (2M Cache, 2.50 GHz)- Socket 1155 (Socket H2) - Sandy Bridge

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.5 x 3.8 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
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ASIN B005LTU6VI
Item model number BX80623G540
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4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #198 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > CPU Processors
Date first available at Amazon.com September 8, 2011

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You will not find a CPU anywhere that performs as good as this one does for the price. I know Intel is King for now. Amd used to at least have a better price per performance, but really; what happened to Amd? Intel is now faster and cheaper even on lower end CPUs. These little processors have to be crippling to Amd. I'm not bashing Amd, I used to use them, but who is not going to want the most for their money nowadays or any day for that matter? The integrated video is fine for desktop environment; 4.9/4.5 WEI. The CPU is 6.4. While the graphics aren't for gaming, this little cpu should do just fine with gaming with the right video card. I read reviews on this someplace else saying this isn't a gaming cpu. Really? It is like a high end core2duo and didn't people use to brag on them being great gaming processors? I do agree that a core i3,i5 and i7 are better for gaming and everything else, but on a budget this processor is extremely acceptable. While it doesn't encode video as fast as my core i5 2500k it is also acceptable compared to old fashioned processors. If money is an object, then buy this little gem of a cpu, plus it depends on what you use your computer for in the first place. If you need a powerful processor then don't buy this and complain. You don't need a high powered riffle to rabbit hunt. Don't try to use a BB gun to kill a elk. If this processor meets your needs, you won't beat the price. Oh, almost forgot, I put my core i5 stock heat sink and fan with the crappie pre-applied past and this thing still runs cool. Haven't seen it go above 51 degrees C. at 100% load, room temperature was 72F. While the fan isn't whisper quite it's not bad for a stock fan.Read more ›
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Just wanted to mention what's included in the box. There is CPU itself and CPU fan with pre-applied thermal paste, manual and a sticker "Inter Celeron inside". So you do not have to worry about those. I was not sure about this and could not find any certain information on that. Well it seems any such blue box of such size contains the fan, as it is what it takes most of the room in this box :) The fan is very basic and not exactly very silent but will do the job, at least for the start.

Other than that as expected / per specs.

UPD 2012-12-19 / after actually buying this Celeron CPU I started to wonder if I could get a better value for the money. Well, it seems it's the best productivity per dollar. It does not mean it's superpowerful, but it will run all user activities without any lagging. Actually my windows 8 with 6Gb SSD as system drive boots in 2 seconds (i.e. I can login 2 seconds after the boot start).

It may not be enough for some very heavy calculations - it performs somewhat 2 times slower than generally i5 and i7 that are almost 4x more expensive. It may be significant for some video editing / encoding, heavy photography recoding (Adobe Lightroom, heavy filters in Adobe Photoshop, similar), 3D renderers. Though nowdays scientific calculations and simulations as well as 3D games and renderers actually tend to use GPU-s for such tasks; and some video games actually require a graphics card anyways.

It has little to no impact on browsing (still network time lags, local cache and etc would be bottlenecks), flash apps, office apps, development tools and mostly any application that is not mentioned in the previous paragraph.

So in 99% of cases this will be good fit. There are close CPUs such as G550 ang G630 but they only provide a fraction of improvement (~ +3%..+7%, but cost 20%-40% more).
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The G540 is no juggernaut by any modern standard, but there is no question that it can get the job done.

I installed this CPU into a PC that my grandmother will be using. It will not be asked to do anything beyond web surfing, word processing or photo viewing. I am accustomed to the i5-3570K overclocked to 4.00 GHz, so I didn't have much for expectations when it came to installation speeds under the G540. I have to say that I was impressed with how fast installing the OS and other applications was. Granted, I wasn't asking it to render HD graphics on ultra high at 200 FPS, but the G540 proved itself and continues to do so.

If you can afford a faster CPU, great. Otherwise, the casual PC user will not be disappointed with this purchase.
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With a tight budget when trying to build a desktop computer, you still want to get as much power as you can for the money. I first started looking to see whether there were any quad or triple core CPUs in my price range. I found some and started looking for a motherboard to match. While searching, I found a great price on a bundle with the Intel Celeron G540. It was only a dual core processor so I wasn't sure it was the processor or bundle for me. I went and compared Passmark CPU benchmarks and was really surprised to find out that this inexpensive processor was actually faster than some of the AMD triple and quad core processors I had been considering.

The difference was in the progress the manufacturers have continued to make over time. While the Celeron G540 was only a dual core, it was released in 2011 and was a much newer processor than the triple and quad core AMD units in the same or somewhat higher price range. On the current (2nd half 2012) Passmark score charts, this unit is in the top half of the High Midrange CPUs. An amazing deal considering the processor is less than $50.

I ended up getting this CPU and I am very pleased. The installation was super easy, and I now have a peppy little home theater PC.
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