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The i3 series of processors have generally been well received and this generation (known as Sandybridge) go one step better. First of all Sandybridge had a huge problem with the motherboard issues which caused it not to be well received initially. However, once the B3 (revision 3) came out all the problems have disappeared.
This CPU can be called midrange and at this price point of around £90, this is ideal for those who do a bit of gaming and like to multitask. However, this isn't really a QUAD core processor even though the name may imply so. In actuality, this CPU has 2 physical cores and 2 virtual cores. Don't let that detract you though because it performs as well as any quad core CPU. For example the gaming, desktop, encoding performance of this i3 2100 is very comparable to that of an AMD Phenom II 955 Black Edition. It may not be the powerhouse like i5 or i7 processors, but it doesn't cost nearly as much.
One of the major advantages of this cpu is the thermal draw power (TDP) which is much lower than other quad core and dual core counterparts. In fact the TDP of an AMD 955BE is 125W wheras this one is only 65W. That is nearly half the TDP yet similar performance. So you save on power for starters, but this also has an added benifit: your CPU cooler doesn't sound like a jet engine. The standard CPU cooler that comes with i3 2100 performs brilliantly and given the small 65W TDP it not only is a lot quieter but also manages to keep system temperatures low and steady.
Multitasking is excellent and you can happily play a game like CoD MW2 or BFBC2 WHILST encoding a video and decompressing a file! It is by no means a slouch, however don't expect amazing frame rates for those demanding games.
The installation of this CPU is pretty simple and straight forward. The pins are aligned to the motherboards socket and the fan simply clicks into place without needing to apply too much pressure.
My only gripe is that for an additional £19 you can get the i3 2120 which is a much better performer.
The Intel Core i3 processor is the perfect entry point for a fast, responsive PC experience. This processor comes equipped with Intel HD graphics, an advanced video engine that delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and advanced 3D capabilities, providing an ideal graphics solution for everyday computing.
A smart choice for home and office, the Intel Core i3 processor also features Intel Hyper-Threading technology, which enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. Do not let too many open applications slow you and your PC down. Get smart performance now.
|Product Description:||Intel Core i3 2100 / 3.1 GHz processor|
|Processor Type:||Intel Core i3 2100 (2nd Gen)|
|Number of Cores:||Dual-Core|
|Integrated Graphics:||Intel HD Graphics 2000|
|Compatible Processor Socket:||LGA1155 Socket|
|Clock Speed:||3.1 GHz|
|Manufacturing Process:||32 nm|
|Features:||Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Hyper-Threading Technology, integrated memory controller, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology, streaming SIMD extensions 4.1, streaming SIMD extensions 4.2, Intel Fast Memory Access, Intel Flex Memory Access, Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), Thermal Monitoring Technologies|
|Compatible Slots:||1 x processor - LGA1155 Socket|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|