Intel i3-550 Core i3 Dual-Core Processor -3.20GHz, 4MB Cache, Socket 1156, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed
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- Dual-Core Processing: Runs two independent processor cores in one physical package at the same frequency.
- Intel Smart Cache: The shared cache is dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This efficient, dual-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from the fast cache, significantly reducing
- Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Delivers two processing threads per physical core for a total of four threads for massive computational throughput. With Intel HT Technology, highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing the
- Integrated Memory Controller: An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth.
- Intel Virtualization Technology: Intel VT allows one hardware platform to function as multiple "virtual" platforms. For businesses, Intel VT offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining worker productivity by isolating computing activi
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Idle States (C-states) are used to save power when the processor is idle. C0 is the operational state, meaning that the CPU is doing useful work. C1 is the first idle state, C2 the second, and so on, where more power saving actions are taken for numerically higher C-states.
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Born on date: Q2'10
Bus bandwidth: 2.5
Bus type: DMI
Bus type units: GT/s
CPU configuration (max): 1
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio): 24
Cache memory: 4 MB
Compatible chipsets: Intel H55 Express, Intel H57 Express, Intel P55 Express, Intel Q57 Express
Component for: PC
Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
FSB Parity: No
Graphics & IMC Die Size: 114 mm²
Graphics & IMC lithography: 45 nm
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology: VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Launch date: 2010-06-01T00:00:00
Market segment: DT
Maximum internal memory: 16777 MB
Maximum internal memory supported by processor: 16 GB
Maximum memory: 16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes: 1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max): 21 GB/s
Memory channels supported by processor: Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor: 1066,1333 MHz
Memory types supported by processor: DDR3-SDRAM
Number of Graphics & IMC Die Transistors: 177 M
Number of Processing Die Transistors: 382 M
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter: 2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency: 733 MHz
On-board graphics adapter model: Intel HD Graphics
PCI Express configurations: 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version: 2.0
Physical Address Extension (PAE): 36 bit
Processing Die size: 81 mm²
Processor cache: 4096 KB
Processor cache type: Smart Cache, L3
Processor code: SLBUD
Processor codename: Clarkdale
Processor core voltage: 0.6500-1.4000
Processor cores: 2
Processor family: Intel Core i3-xxx
Processor frequency: 3.2 GHz
Processor lithography: 32 nm
Processor model: i3-550
Processor operating modes: 64-bit
Processor package size: 37.5
Processor series: Intel Core i3-500 Desktop series
Processor socket: Socket H (LGA 1156)
Processor threads: 4
Product name: Intel Core i3-550 (4M Cache, 3.20 GHz)
Product type: 4
Supported instruction sets: SSE4.2
System bus rate: 2.5 GT/s
Tcase: 72.6 °C
Thermal Design Power (TDP): 73 W
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No
VID Voltage Range: 0.6500 - 1.4000 V
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I thought about the i5 or i7 but the cost of this i3 is well worth the money.
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If you are looking for a fast chip that won't break the bank, look no further than the Core i3 550.
Since this was my first computer build, I assembled it somewhat haphazardly and made some mistakes. In the case of the processor, I did a really bad job applying thermal compound to the chip. The stock heatsink comes with some kind of thermal pad stuck to the bottom and rather than use it alone or scrape it off and use my own compound (arctic silver), i left it on AND used the arctic silver. Bad choice--idling was at about 40C and running prime95 for about 30 seconds got the cpu up to 80C. These are not stable temperatures for a gaming computer (which can apply a load similar to prime95) so I checked the arctic silver website and found some good directions on how to apply thermal compound.
Tips for applying thermal compound:
-both cpu and heatsink surface need to be extremely clean (no dust/oil/hair/etc). Rubbing alcohol is recommended.
-you only use a very small amount of thermal compound--just to fill microscopic gaps between the heatsink and fan (ie the metal should do most of the heat conduction, not the compound). In my case, i should have removed the thermal pad on the stock heatsink.
-apply a small amount of thermal compound to both surfaces and work it in with the edge of a credit card, passing over repeatedly to spread the compound over the entire surface (DONT use your finger to spread it around). This is to fill in the microscopic pores. Remove excess with dry cloth or paper towel.
-Now you need to find your respective model on the arctic silver (or whatever your compound is) website and read how to put the final application. For the intel i3 550, you apply a line of thermal compound parallel to the long axis of the actual chip.
End result: idling at 29C and maxes out at 74C after an hour in prime95. For a stock fan on a mini itx board in a small case (lian li pc-q11), i think that is pretty damn good. Gaming performance has been fine and i have had no stability issues at all. Games I've played with it: Batman arkham asylum, Red Alert 3, Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2, Dead Space, Left 4 dead, and HL2 dm.
The original Core lineup (i7, i5, i3) were generation one, Sandy Bridge is generation 2, and Ivy Bridge is generation 3. I call Conroe the lost generation, or generation 1.5 in the evolution of the Core line of processors. Now they are somewhat the forgotten generation. In 2010 Intel made a huge splash at CES with 17 new processors, and that's where the story died. By the end of the year the word on the street was to wait for Sandy Bridge. This processor came out the second quarter of 2010 so it was forgotten about as fast as it came out.
Sandy Bridge is an amazing technology. I have a Core i7 2600K and love it. But, for a bang for your buck basis you'll be surprised how well this 550 works. On the side of the box are the words "media series" and in the specs it lists "Intel Integrated HD graphics." What does this mean? This means that you need to find an LGA 1156 motherboard that supports Intel HD Graphics. The one I bought was the Intel H55TC motherboard. For the time being they are still plentiful. I bought the Intel version because I do like their motherboards. On the outside of the motherboard box it also said "media series."
If you match up this processor to the right type of motherboard you won't need to buy a video card. The integrated HD graphics means that a fairly good GPU is built in. How good? Good enough to run HDMI flawlessly which is why I wanted it in the first place. It went into a home theater PC build, along with a TV card the unit plays 1080P video without the slightest hesitation. If you have a kids who is a gamer the on board video should take them fairly far into the world of gaming. The H55TC has an PCI-E 16 card slot on it in case the on board video doesn't cut it. If you have a kid who wants a 1000 watt power supply so that they can run dual SLI or Eyefinity setups than you're certainly looking at the wrong processor. This processor is good for intermediate gaming, excellent for home use such as web surfing and Quicken. Ideal for fairly advanced Photoshop work with it's dual VGA and DVI output capable motherboards this processor can run two displays. The thing that makes it a real bargain is that you can throw in 8GB of RAM for under $50 because the RAM it likes is a bit passe now. Photoshop likes lots of RAM, but just make certain you run Windows 7 64 or you won't see four or more gigabytes of RAM. This would not be a good processor for high end video editing because that is one of the few true multi core, multi threaded processor intensive applications. It's fine for editing videos from your vacation.
Not bad huh? Now I run it @ 4.17 because I don't wanna burn my CPU. Anyway, thanks for reading.