|Processor||3.3 GHz Intel Core i3|
Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor (3MB Cache, 3.3 GHz) Intel HD Graphics 4000
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- Model: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-3225
- Core Count: 2
- Clock Speed: 3.3 GHz
- Intel Smart Cache: 3 MB
- Socket: LGA 1155
- Max Thermal Design Power: 55 W
- Processor Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Graphics Base Frequency: 650 MHz
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Edit: Since this review, the i3-3245 has launched which also has the HD 4000 onboard, the i3-3245 is effectively the successor to the i3-3225 for the budget audience looking for an HD 4000. While I haven't used the i3-3245, I expect it handles very similarly.
Now, some of you may shudder to think of the HD 4000 being used for gaming, but it actually can handle very well. If you're on a budget, and can't afford a great GPU just yet, the HD 4000 can play games like Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 without problem. No, it can't play the latest-and-greatest flawlessly, but it will do 1080P H.264 video without overheating your room, or your electricity bill.
Not to mention, as a CPU, the Core i3 delivers excellence that puts down AMD's latest Fusion class of CPUs. While Fusion may deliver better GPUs, you're probably going to buy a GPU anyways at some point, which makes Fusion's GPU useless in comparison.
Also, for HTPC systems, often times, you don't want an amazing GPU. You've got an Xbox 360 or PS3 for that. Enjoy playing all the games that your Xbox can't run, and get great low-heat CPU capabilities at the same time.
i3-3225, 3.30 GHz, 3MB Cache, LGA1155, HD Graphics 4000
2 Cores/4 Way Multitask Processing (Hyper-Threading)
3 year warranty
I’ve wanted an HTPC for some time now but couldn’t decide if I wanted to build one or buy a small form factor (bookshelf) offering. After reading countless reviews of today’s offerings, I wasn’t confident the performance from a bookshelf pc would be adequate for what I want my HTPC to do. I’ll mostly use it to stream content to my flat screen but would also like to run serviio and pogoplug’s desktop software.
I chose this i3 processor with HD 4000 graphics because I really didn’t want to purchase a dedicated video card. I’ll put my gaming pc’s card (Nvidia GTX 560Ti) in it when it can’t keep up with new titles.
Overall I’m completely happy with my choice. The computer takes about 60 seconds to start up and be usable; I know installing an ssd will make a huge difference. My gaming pc (i5 2500k) with ssd boot drive takes around 10-15 seconds in comparison.
Below is a summary of my findings over the past week of use in different scenarios.
Computer is running Windows 7 64bit
Scenario 1) Windows Experience Results with my setup (7.9 = Highest possible score)
Processor = 7.2
Memory = 7.6
Graphics (HD 4000) = 6.5
Gaming Graphics (HD 4000) = 6.5
Primary Hard Disk = 5.9 <---Note: this is with the 7200 RPM laptop drive.
Scenario 2) Running Prime 95 with all cores maxed
Core Temps ~60 deg C (I used my i5 2500k fan since it seemed better than the included i3 fan. I also used artic silver thermal paste.Read more ›
Its an Ivy Bridge, and uses Intel's HD 4000 graphics. HD Videos are sharp on my 46' Sony Bravia, and I can play older games on High Settings without a dedicated graphics card. Older games like Fallout 3 play on high settings without issue. Minecraft looks brilliant. Aliens vs Predator 2K, Doom 1,2,3 all run on high. (Bless you Steam)
Great buy for a mid range gaming system. You'll still want to pick up a graphics card for newer games to play on high. 7850, 7875, or 560ti are good mid price choices.
If you want a great CPU for a sub $140 price, this is your processor.
The CPU is quite fast and memory runs at 1600 MHz! HD4000 graphics are decent (not great for gaming) but more than adequate for my HTPC needs.
Highly recommended + amazon had the cheapest price (even better than newegg)
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