Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Not Intel i3 Quad Core processor
on 25 April 2012
Sorry to disappoint Amazon readers and reviews but this exact Intel i3-2120 processor is only dual (2) core and not as advertised quad (4) core. It does have quad (4) hyperthreads, but only two physical cores. Hyperthreads are very different to multi-cores when describing central processing units (CPU's) and there are big differences in the cost between 2, 4, 6 and multi-core processors.
I contacted Intel after I realised there was something wrong in the description of this CPU, it turns out that Intel describe the i3 processors as dual (2) core and not as described on this website a quad (4) core processor. Quad (4) core processors are limited to the Intel i5 processors, the Intel i3 range of processors are dual (2) core and quad (4)hyper threads, where as the Intel i5 processor range is Quad (4) core and 8 hyper threads and Intel i7 is 6 or 8 core and multi threaded processors.
I agree the price and processing power of this Intel i3-2120 processor is good for the price you pay, but the description of this processor claiming it is quad (4) core is wrong and very misleading to the buyers into a false sense of processing power and a misrepresentation under the sale of goods act.
source: Intel description of the Intel i3-2120 processor, online 25/04/2012, [...]