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This review is from: Intel i3-2100 SandybridgeCore i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed (Personal Computers)
I bought this for my new build pc, I was coming from a Q6600 gaming machine so although and I5 or I7 would have been better the price difference and the fact my previous processor was a good bit older suggested I was going to see much improvement going with an I3. Overall it was very easy to install, good instructions, the fan and heat sink that came with it seems to do the job perfectely well, so overall very happy.
Just 2 points to note:
By a small tube of themal paste to put a bit more on the top of the processor before you put the fan on, it seems to help a good bit, there is some already on the fan but its wafer thin and comes off easily if you fiddle about a bit.
secondly, most of the I3 processors on sale state dual core, however everything on my pc suggests it is a quad core chip, certainly the meters on my pc show 4 cores working and the device manager in windows shows 4. The description here on amazon for this particular one states a question mark after the title if you look above. Not really an issue from my point of view but it may suggest some have Quad and others have dual.
For me it was a bargain for the difference in processing power.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 19:01:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2012 19:02:46 GMT
Billy Collins says:
To be honest, you shouldn't be using any extra thermal paste as just the right amount is put on the stock heatsink and any more will only decrease performance.
As for it being quad core, it is in fact dual core, but uses hyperthreading. This means that it effectively has four cores. The extra 2 cores are threads. It won't perform as well as a quad core but is certainly a lot better than a regular dual core.
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