Core i3

The Intel’s Core i3 was released in 2010 and was a low budget series of processors which was based on Nehalem microarchitecture (Clardale and Arrandale). This series of processors came as a replacement for Core 2 and the target market for these was the budgeted desktop/laptop market segment. The previous Intel processors that used an external memory controller (also called Memory Controller Hub, MCH) located at the north bridge chip and because of this the amount and type of memory you could use on the computer depended on the chipset or the motherboard. Unlike the its precursors in the Core i3, the memory controller was embedded in the CPU and it was not the chipset, but the processor that sets the amount of memory and memory type which can be installed in the system. However, the limit of the memory that can be installed depends on the capacity of the motherboard. The processors came with dual cores and supported hyper threading technology that helps the supported operating system to identify each physical core as two separate virtual processors. The advantage of the technology was that it improved performance in the multi-threaded applications but the processors do not support the Turbo Boost technology. For better performance of graphics the Core 3i processors have integrated HD Graphics. The other distinguishing features supported by the models of this series are EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology), XD bit, Intel 64 and Smart Cache. The default clock for Core i3 processors was 133MHz. The first Core i3 was designed on the Nehalem’s Clarkdale architecture and had two cores, one integrated GPU and 4MB L3...

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