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Intel Core i3 530 Dual Core Processor Clarkdale LGA1156 2.93GHZ Hyperthreading 4MB Cache Retail Box

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Shipping Weight: 1.5lbs

Part #: BX80616I3530

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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 2.93 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: BX80616I3530
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Product Line: Core i3
     Product Model: i3-530
     Product Name: Core i3 Dual-core i3-530 2.93GHz 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: 2.93 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

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Experience: 4 Months


Great price to performance ratio.
Integrated graphics processor struggles more than I thought it would, even with basic games.
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.

Experience: 6 Weeks


Runs Cool
Quiet Fan
Great overclocking
none so far
Great CPU for a budget build
Runs super fast - just love it!
Liked it so much ... bought a 2nd for a friend budget gaming system ... paired with a h55m-usb3, awesome machine!

Have my overclocked to 3.65Ghz no problems!
Did have it running at 4.2Ghz - but found 72c to be a bit hotter than I wanted (dont wanna burn it out too fast!)

Experience: 4 Months


Great for gaming
Overclocks on stock heatsink
Very low temps with H50
Needs to be paired with a good set of memory modules, that's where it's slowing down.
Had a quad-core before, "downgrading" to this CPU didn't feel like a downgrade at all since I mainly play games and they don't really have use for a quad-core CPU...
It's very solid and can be driven far with good cooling.
Memory tends to be bottlenecking the whole setup though, so you need to make sure to get a good pair of sticks and to overclock them well.

Experience: 1 Weeks


Excellent price/performance ratio, it can handle lots more than you'd expected.
Intergrated graphic and memory controller.
Hyper threading gives it additional 2 logic cores
Low power consumption, great potential for OC.
Almost useless stock cooler.
No turbo boost, but for the price I can't really complain.
Got this in a bundle deal with a Gigabyte H55M-S2 for just $204 after everything.

Is a huge performance jump for me, as I upgraded from a pentium D 950.

I didn't bother with the stock cooler, but instead used a AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2. It is quiet, and the temperture stayed under 30C for normal useage, and around 50C under full load(in a 18C room).

Thanks to the motherboard's OC software, I can tweak it in the OS. It has predefined "safe" rates to begin with, in this case it reached 3.52Ghz easily. With more fine tunning reach 4Ghz is just a matter of time.

When you look at its price,don't be turned off by its "value" brand image, it can handle lots more than you'd expected. Paired with a decent graphic card, and some performance ram you get yourself an all-arounder.

Experience: 3 Months


Price and quality
none yet
What can I say? This CPU is a rock for the price. I have used many of these and everyone loves their computers.

Experience: 3 Weeks


This is a fantastic value processor. Supports OSX
None for the price.

Stock cooler still sucks, and the intel push pin system is still a pain to install.
Works great. Overclocks great like all intel processors.

Best of all it works great as a processor for a hackintosh, OSX recognizes the integrated graphics.

Experience: 30 Days


overclock friendly
price is right
not quad core
I'm impressed with this budget CPU. Hooked up to a Corsair H50 CPU cooler i'm running at 4.4GHz with max temps at only 54°C.

My i3-530 rig with an SSD is so much faster than my i5-750 with a caviar black. So, pair this CPU with an SSD and you have yourself a quick little machine.

If i need to build another budget PC, i'll be getting the i3-530.

Graham W_B
Experience: 10 Days


-Intel HD Graphics.
-No pins to accidentally break.
-Stock fan is quiet.
-Pre-applied thermal interface material on the heatsink. I hate applying thermal paste. :)
-None that I can see.
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.

Experience: 2 Days


-Fast for gaming
-Low price
-Quad cores are better for applications like photoshop
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.

Experience: 2 Weeks


fast and cheap
bought a few of these to test on budget systems and i have to admit that they are much faster than i though. at this price point you can get a better processor

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Messages about Intel Core i3 530 Dual Core Processor Clarkdale LGA1156 2.93GHZ Hyperthreading 4MB Cache Retail Box

4.02 Ghz on Intel stock cooling! (Haxelon- Aug 03, 10, 21 Replies)
Hyperthreading failed under stress test - RMA pos (Matthew_C- Aug 02, 10, 2 Replies)
Get it well its still cheap lol (zeldagadian- Jun 29, 10, 5 Replies)
Is this my best choice? (zeldagadian- Jun 20, 10, 0 Replies)
How do i overclock i3-530 (Shahnawaz_S- May 14, 10, 3 Replies)
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Comment: 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.
Posted by: BernardP @05/04/10
Comment: 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
Posted by: Al_D @03/04/10
Comment: Anandtech reviews the Core i3 530 from Intel: Finally a true value processor from Intel, their first real alternative to AMD’s Phenom II X2 and Athlon II X4 processors.
Posted by: BernardP @02/26/10
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