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Techgage Review: For casual PC users, the i3-530 delivers a great experience: a budget processor with near-3.0GHz clock speed, and dual-core plus HyperThreading. However, you will have to step up a bit in the range if you also want the Turbo feature.
Overall I have to say that I was much more impressed with the Core i3-530 processor than I expected to be especially considering the rather poor outlook it appears to have when looking at just the raw benchmark scores. If you have a budget rig in mind, the Core i3-530 might make a terrific starting
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This is the top CPU for a home theatre computer. It doesn't produce a lot of heat, and runs nicely for a HTPC. I didn't expect to play games with this CPU, but you might be able to if you overclock the CPU and the IGP.
This processor is by far the easiest I've ever installed. No pins on the processor means there's nothing (well, less) to accidentally break. Just place the processor on the board the only way it fits, close the socket, and attach the heatsink. If you've never done it before, there is an excellent video on YouTube to show you how.
I had a C2D cpu in my last build. This processor is a lot snappier at stock. Overclocked easily to 4.0Ghz, will go higher once I receive my TRUE bolts. If you're on a budget and need a gaming upgrade this is the processor to choose.
The hyperthreading helps greatly in multi core applications.
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