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Intel Core i3 540 Dual Core Processor Clarkdale LGA1156 3.06GHZ Hyperthreading 4MB Cache Retail Box

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Part #: BX80616I3540

SKU: 48957
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lbs
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Based on Intel 32nm process technology, the Intel Core processor features dual-core processing and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT) which enables simultaneous multi-threading to help boost performance for parallel, multi-threaded applications. The new 2-chip solution provides enhanced graphics performance compared to previous Intel platforms as the graphics engine is integrated with the CPU. The Memory Controller Hub has also been integrated into the CPU which contributes to faster performance and smaller overall platform footprints. Developers can create one board design and scale their product line with two different processors using the same socket. While incorporating advanced processor technology, these processors remain software-compatible with previous IA-32 architecture.

Quick Specs:
Process Technology 32 nm
Clock Speed 3.06 GHz
Processor Socket Socket H LGA-1156
L2 Cache 512 KB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
64-bit Processing Yes
Thermal Specification 162.7°F (72.6°C)
Thermal Design Power 73 W
Processor Manufacturer Intel

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Environmental Conditions  
     Thermal Specification: 162.7°F (72.6°C)
General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: BX80616I3540
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Product Line: Core i3
     Product Model: i3-540
     Product Name: Core i3 Dual-core i3-540 3.06GHz Desktop Processor
     Product Series: i3-500
     Product Type: Processor
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Platform Supported: PC
Power Description  
     Thermal Design Power: 73 W
Technical Information  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Clock Speed: 3.06 GHz
     L1 Cache: 128 KB
     L2 Cache: 512 KB
     L3 Cache: 4 MB
     Process Technology: 32 nm
     Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core)
     Processor Manufacturer: Intel
     Processor Socket: Socket H LGA-1156
     Processor Technology: Virtualization Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Extended Memory 64 Technology
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology

Customer Reviews of Intel BX80616I3540

Product reviews on are screened for relevance and inappropriate content. Reviews may contain inaccurate information about the product. If there is a discrepancy, please use the Flag this Review link located beside each review. Reviews are not an endorsement expressed by, but opinions from customers based on their own experience with a product. We do not recommend you make purchasing decisions based on facts or opinions expressed regarding Intel BX80616I3540 reviews.
Experience: 6 Months


video integrated
Works very well for an HTPC build. No need for video card is a big plus. I am able to run 1080p HD no problem.

Experience: 2 Days


Good deal on a solid duo core processor. Works great!
Heat sink was a pain to get mounted on the intel board. Could have made the snaps better
Does exactly what i expected it too with no issues. Great CPU

Experience: 4 Months


Price, quality, speed
None at all
I have an i5 myself but this is also great. Put it in builds for family and friends and its very very nice. Nothing to complain about, quiet, cool and reliable. No issues at all

Experience: 3 Months


Cheap and very high oc potential!
No problems so far, and runs very quietly.

Experience: 1 Days


goods price
goods price
performance c3.06 for 94$ dual core and thread

Experience: 2 Months


Integrated Graphics, solid performance, price
A very basic processor with great overclocking potential. I've been ordering these for all new office machines and haven't had any problems with them. The price/performance just can't be beat by AMD's current offerings.

Experience: 6 Months


Good, Cheap and quality product
Works great in a little PC I built for family use

Experience: 1 Weeks


runs cool with an H50
overclocking potential
Using this chip in a MSI GD-80 board. Overclocked easily to 4 GHz. Great little chip for a budget build for playing less demanding games like Starcraft 2 or even just surfing the net, or watching movies

Experience: 2 Months


Good bang for the buck
None so far
Great processor for somebody on a budget

Experience: 40 Days


Great bang for your buck, runs cool.
One of the best processors for a budget build.

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ETA? (thespoon- Mar 22, 11, 1 Replies)
IGP performance? (Devon_S- Feb 11, 11, 4 Replies)
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL??? (Thorfinn- Dec 29, 10, 8 Replies)
MHz inconsistency??? (Thorfinn- Dec 22, 10, 7 Replies)
the overclocking blues :( (Thorfinn- Nov 18, 10, 13 Replies)
gpu for ppu? (Thorfinn- Nov 16, 10, 3 Replies)
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