"Northbridge" module integration.
New 32 nm process node.
Low power consumption and heat output.
Exceptional performance for a Dual Core processor.
Speedy for the price.
Decent on-chip graphics.
Quad core price tag for dual core processor.
Memory and PCIE controller not in processor core.
Older generation memory controller.
No IGP control on P55 boards.
Half of the Clarkdale chip is pure waste for gamers.
Not as fast as AMD's similarly priced offering.
Requires newest motherboard chipsets to enable on-chip graphics.
By PCQuest on July 31, 2010
It offers pretty good performance,efficient power consumption. Its temperature under load is very respectable even with a stock cooler. * Test Bed: Intel Core i3 530 processor, Intel H55 reference motherboard, 2Gb (1800MHz) Patriot DDR3 RAMPage(s) ...-
By Fudzilla on May 10, 2010
While a comparable AMD system is a tad cheaper, AMD does not cripple it's chipset and CPUs as much as Intel does. By cost per performance the performance as you have seen is on par, even hyperthreading on the i3 does work well. What is surprising,...-
By HardwareHeaven on April 19, 2010
AMD is well known for producing a range of good value for money processors which often excel in different areas such as thermal performance and low power draw. Today we are going to look at three...90
By Tom's Hardware UK on April 05, 2010
What does it mean to run face-first into a bottleneck? When we talk about bottlenecks here on Tom's Hardware, we're usually referring to a single component that's preventing the rest of a PC from reaching its full performance potential in...-
By Tom's Hardware on April 05, 2010
While we’ve often seen so-called CPU bottlenecks impeding the performance of our multi-GPU systems, today’s highest-quality gaming test has proven that when it comes to single-GPU systems, even a high-performance card like the Radeon HD 5850...-
By IT-Review on March 11, 2010
It's been awhile since Intel introduced any kind of "Extreme" edition CPU's. The new Core i7 980X represents just that - a new CPU that's supposed to be the fastest, the meanest, the conqueror, the benchmark for all...-
By PCPer on March 04, 2010
At the conclusion of my first Clarkdale article I stated this: The exception to this? Extreme low cost requirements. You can get a Core i3 processor for $113 that will give you similar levels of CPU performance but without the Turbo Mode features. ...-
By PC Mag on February 24, 2010
Editor's Note: Product not yet tested. The following description is from the manufacturer.Upgrade your system with the Core i3-530 and own the processor that speeds up when you do. This CPU features the "Intel graphics technology" with "Intel Clear...-
By ExtremeTech on February 15, 2010
Intel made significant waves last month when it released its Clarkdale and Arrandale lines of desktop and notebook processors. The chips, the latest mainstream revision of Intel's Nehalem architecture (which was introduced in 2008), were the first...-
By techPowerUp! on February 15, 2010
Core i3 540 is logically faster, but the additional 130 MHz come with a $15 price tag, and that brings this processor into the upper market class, ruled by quad core processors. There's little room here for Core i5 600, let alone Core i3 540, which...88