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Intel Core i3-530 Processor 2.93 GHz 4 MB Cache Socket LGA1156

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  • Intel Core i3 Processor i3-530
  • Frequency 2.93 GHz
  • Graphics Frequency 733MHz Supports DDR3 memory speeds upto 1333 MHz
  • L3 Cache 4 MB Process 45 nm Socket LGA 1156
  • Thermal Design Power 73W
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.1 x 14.5 cm ; 318 g
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Item model number: BX80616I3530
  • ASIN: B0030DN1GO
  • Date first available at Jan. 8 2010
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,248 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Core i3 - 530 - 2.93 GHz - Socket 1156 - L3 cache - 4 MB

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Overclock on Lowest Possible Voltage Settings (on Biostar TH55B HD) July 19 2010
By TheWestPole - Published on
I bought this in a combo with a Biostar TH55B HD to upgrade a household server running 24/7. Goal was to achieve fastest speed with least energy use and stress on components (longest life). I set all voltages to their lowest in the Biostar's BIOS: CPU -.08V (~1.092 max. in CPU-Z, ~.082 min. EIST), VTT 1.15, PLL 1.8, PCH 1.1, IGD "Spec" i.e. lowest. To my surprise, reached a stable overclock of 3.608 GHz (22 x 164), which has passed every test I've thrown at it and has been running for a week now. (Posted a screen shot of one test above.) Temps are no issue with stock cooler--no surprise there. At idle, my Kill-a-Watt readings for the system with integrated graphics enabled, 1.5V DRAM, Corsair 80+ 400W PS and 1 HD spinning (not including monitor) is an amazing 39W. With 3 HDs spinning and 100% CPU (IntelBurnTest) the highest reading I've seen is 86W. Of course, if you're 3-D gaming with the GPU overclocked under the same circumstances the draw would be greater. But, with four threads (HT) at 3.6 GHz on tap, idling at 39W, this is incredible power per watt for 24/7 running, not to mention per dollar.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Core i3-530: Frugal powerhouse April 12 2010
By Ruben Alfaro - Published on
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Hi, just bought an Intel Core i3-530 for my SFF box. Paired with a Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H and 4GB of Crucial Value ram.

It's a huge improvement coming from an old AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (1.8 Ghz).
I expected more like a lightning fast opening programs and files, but when it really shines is in multitasking. I can do several tasks at a time like trans-coding movies, burning dvds and playing a movie without a hiccup. It's great not having to wait for frozen windows !!!

On the power consumption side, it's very frugal, even more than my old AMD with Venice core. Consumption for the old box was between 60 and 95 watts, but this build oscillates between 55 watts and 80 watts. Box is a QPack, with one SATA DVDRW and a SATA HD using internal graphics, measured with a Kill-A-Watt meter.

I'm very happy with this update I made to my system. Installed the old parts in my mom's old PC.

I'm glad that I could wait until now. I got a 32nm processor with all the bells and whistles. I expect this one last several years too as my old parts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power-Efficient & Capable, But A Quad-Core May Be a Better Value, Depending on Your Needs Oct. 4 2010
By alchartreux - Published on
I helped a friend put together a build with the Core i3-530. It's a nice machine, and we're pleased with how it came out and performs. Like all of Intel's desktop CPU's, the Core i3-530 is a quality chip, and at a price of $114.99, certainly among the most inexpensive of Intel's desktop offerings, which tend to be priced at a range of $150 to $300 for low to mid-range chips, and $310 and higher for high-end chips. At a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 73 watts, the i3-530 is a cool-running chip that doesn't gobble down loads of electricity, so those looking for power-efficient, quiet machines will be happy with it. The only reason I give it four stars out of five is that for a slightly higher cost and power draw, AMD offers a couple of quad-core processors that rate far higher on the benchmark list. If you visit "cpubenchmark dot net" and take a look at the "High-End CPU Chart," you'll see what I mean. The AMD Phenom X4 945 costs $21 more than the i3-530, uses only 22 more watts of power, but scores substantially higher on the benchmark chart, 3,598 to 2,711. To be frank and fair, from a technological perspective, this is largely because the Phenom X4 945 is a quad-core chip, with 6MB of L3 cache, running at a faster 3.0GHz clock rate, while the Core i3-530 is a dual-core chip with 4MB of L3 cache, running at a lower clock rate of 2.93GHz. Similarly, the $99 AMD Athlon X4 640 Propus is a quad-core chip with a 95W TDP that loses the L3 cache, runs at a 3.0GHz rate, and scores 3,647 on the chart.

If you're on a tight budget and looking for a low-power chip that will handle everyday tasks and gaming, the i3-530 will perform admirably, especially since most common applications and games being run today still only take advantage of, at most, two chip cores. Certain processor-intensive applications, such as video editing or design rendering software can take advantage of four cores. However, if you are a more avid gamer who would like a little more "future-proofing" in your build for slightly higher cost -- a valid consideration, as future games will likely be programmed to take advantage of four cores -- I would heartily recommend the Phenom 945, or another quad-core chip.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bang for the buck Aug. 17 2010
By C. Wong - Published on
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I bought this for a HTPC build and paired it with an Intel BOXDH57DD mobo. I'm super impressed with the 27watt idle power consumption for the entire PC (Antec 400W PS, Intel 40GB SSD)! I will say the stock CPU cooler is junk. I ran a stress test on it and temps were continuing to climb past 75C. I turned off the stress test after that point because I became uncomfortable. I ended up buying a Thermalright HR-01 3U heatsink with a socket 1156 bolt thru kit, lapped the daylights out of the heatsink and lappped the CPU as well. I made a custom fan duct from the heatsink to a 80mm case fan (plugged into the CPU fan power connector) and cannot get the CPU temp to go past 55C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect CPU for nome NAS. Feb. 26 2011
By Vlad - Published on
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I bought this CPU for my home made NAS, because of very good performance and low power consumption. And very good performance for 1 watt.
I host lots of services on this NAS for many users ~20. No lags, no problems, everything works great.

NAS config:
1. 8GB USB flash - OS installed.
2. 2 x 2GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
3. 4 x 5K3000 Hitachi 2TB HDD
4. CPU: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-530 2.93GHz 4MB LGA1156
5. motherboard: Intel Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard Supporting Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RAID) BOXDH57JG
6. Case: SERVER CHA CHENBRO ES34169-BK-120R. To reduce noise, fan voltage is changed from 12V to 5V.
7. Extra fan for case Vantec Stealth SF6025L 60x60x25mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan (Black)"
8. CASE needs low profile fan for CPU - Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile 36mm Height CPU Cooler CLP0534
9. OS: Ubuntu Linux 10.10
It is $400 hardware set + $240 for 4 HDDs, much cheaper than baying something expensive and very low performant.

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