Intel i3-2100 SandybridgeCore i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed
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Great value chip though.
I contacted Intel after I realised there was something wrong in this description of this and another CPU, it turns out that Intel describe the i3 processors as dual (2) core and not as described in the titles on the Amazon website as a quad (4) core processor. Quad (4) core processors are limited to the Intel i5 processor range, the Intel i3 range of processors contain dual (2) core and quad (4)hyper threads, where as the Intel i5 processor range is Quad (4) core with 8 hyper threads and Intel i7 is 6 or 8 core which are multi threaded processors.
I agree the price and processing power of this Intel i3-2100 processor and that of the i3-2120 are good for the price you pay, but the description of these processors claiming they are quad (4) core is factually wrong and very misleading their buyers into a false sense of purchasing processing power which is a misrepresentation under the sale of goods act which Trading Standards are now investigating.
source: Intel description of the Intel i3- processor, online 25/04/2012, [...]
Belatedly I also note now that one of the Reviewers has pointed out this error but under time pressure I overlooked it. My main criteria for choosing the processor was (1) Quad-Core, and (2) SLAT (Second Level Address Translation which Intel calls Extended Page Table or EPT) feature. I trusted Amazon description on the first one (which turned out to be wrong) while Intel website confirmed the i3-2100 indeed supports SLAT. I wish I also checked the number of cores while at Intel website, but I now know that none of the i3 processors are Quad-Core after all, but only Dual-Core.
It's already on its way back to Amazon with Amazon's no quibble return policy which is re-assuring.
Sorry can't say much about the processor - as I didn't even open the box - but thought this experience will help other buyers avoid the same mishap particularly if Quad-Core is an essential feature for the purchase.
Why 5-star? I see no point in affecting the rating for the processor, i.e., it would be unfair to rate it otherwise since the wrong description has nothing to do with this Intel processor.
I bought this processor (Core i3 2100) as I found myself unable to decide which AMD processr to upgrade to after my AMD Phenom II X2 545 (3.01Ghz) packed up.
After reading sevaral reviews I was impressed by the figures I was seeing. Computer Shopper gave this processor an overall score that was higher than a Phenom II X6 1090T (a LOT more expensive)!
I don't do a lot of image manipulation or video editing or anything like that so I decided I did not need a quad core chip. As long as my framerates on my fave games did not drop I was happy.
With a Radeon 5850 this processor rocks! This processor has 2 cores but also has Hyper Threading so appears in Windows as having 4 cores (bonus)
Even the built in graphics on the chip are quite a bit better than anything AMD boards offer built in on the mobo.
For a bottom of the range processor it ROCKS!
Purchased this processor with a Gigabyte Socket 1155 mobo (B3 revision/stepping)
Over all I would rate this processor 10 out of 10
Hope this helps
Given to understand someone else has reported the description to Trading Standards.
Was looking for a Quad Core (as per the Google description)and wondered why the item seemed a bargain (NB. I know very little about P.Cs but took advice from someone who does)
Will I be recompensed due to the mis selling of this item, I don't think so.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU READ ON THE GOOGLE WEB SITE!
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This is a DUAL CORE processor.
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this processor is an i3 and therefore NOT QUAD CORE, its dual core. please dont but this if you are looking for a quad core processor.Published on 21 Jun. 2012 by Alex