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All Core i3 Models
Author: Richard Vertrees and Rafael Otto Coelho and Gabriel Torres
Type: Tutorials Last Updated: October 3, 2013
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

The Core i3 is a CPU series manufactured by Intel aimed at entry-level computers. In this tutorial, we will present a series of quick reference tables for you to compare the main differences between all models released to date.

By the way, the correct name of this line of processors is “Core i3,” not “Intel i3.”

Currently, there are three different generations of Core i3 processors available. In the table below, we describe the main differences between these generations.

Model 5xx 3xx 21xx 23xx
Market Desktop Mobile Desktop Mobile
Generation First First Second Second
Microarchitecture Nehalem Nehalem Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge
Manufacturing Process 32 nm 32 nm 32 nm 32 nm
Number of Cores 2 2 2 2
Hyper-Threading Yes Yes Yes Yes
L1 cache (per core) 32 kiB+32 kiB 32 kiB+32kiB 32 kiB+32 kiB 32 kiB+32kiB
L2 cache (per core) 256 kiB 256 kiB 256 kiB 256 kiB
L3 cache (total) 4 MiB 3 MiB 3 MiB 3 MiB
DMI bus 1 GB/s 1 GB/s 2 GB/s 2 GB/s
Memory (DDR3) 1066, 1333 800, 1066 1066, 1333 1066, 1333, 1600
DDR3L and DDR3L-RS No No No No
Graphics Engine HD Graphics HD Graphics HD 2000 or HD 3000 HD 3000
DirectX 10 10 10.1 10.1
Graphics Processors 6 6 6 or 12 12
Graphics Base Clock 733 MHz 166 MHz or 500 MHz 650 MHz or 850 MHz 350 MHz or 650 MHz
Graphics Boost Clock No 500 MHz or 667 MHz 1.1 GHz 1 GHz or 1.15 GHz
Displays Supported 2 2 2 2
PCIe Controller 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
PCIe Configuration 1x16, 2x8 1x16 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4
Turbo Boost No No No No
EM64T Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtualization Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSE4.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
AES-NI No No No No
AVX No No Yes Yes
AVX2 No No No No
Base Clock 133 MHz 133 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz
Pinout LGA1156 G1 or BGA1288 LGA1155 G2 or BGA1023

 

Model 32xx 3xxx 4xxx 4xxx
Market Desktop Mobile Desktop Mobile
Generation Third Third Fouth Fourth
Microarchitecture Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge Haswell Haswell
Manufacturing Process 22 nm 22 nm 22 nm 22 nm
Number of Cores 2 2 2 2
Hyper-Threading Yes Yes Yes Yes
L1 cache (per core) 32 kiB+32kiB 32 kiB+32 kiB 32 kiB+32 kiB 32 kiB+32 kiB
L2 cache (per core) 256 kiB 256 kiB 256 kiB 256 kiB
L3 cache (total) 3 MiB 3 MiB 3 MiB or 4 MiB 3 MiB
DMI bus 2 GB/s 2 GB/s 2 GB/s 2 GB/s
Memory (DDR3) 1333, 1600 1333, 1600 1333, 1600 1333, 1600
DDR3L and DDR3L-RS No Yes Yes Yes
Graphics Engine HD 2500 or HD 4000 HD 4000    
DirectX 11 11 11.1 11.1
Graphics Processors 6 or 12 12 HD 4400 or HD 4600 HD 4200, HD 4400, HD 4600 or Iris 5100
Graphics Base Clock 650 MHz 350 MHz or 650 MHz HD 4400 or HD 4600 HD 4200, HD 4400, HD 4600 or Iris 5100
Graphics Boost Clock 1.05 GHz 1.05 GHz or 1 GHz HD 4400 or HD 4600 HD 4200, HD 4400, HD 4600 or Iris 5100
Displays Supported 3 3 3 3
PCIe Controller 2.0 2.0 3.0 2.0
PCIe Configuration 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 2x4 ou 1x4, 4x1
Turbo Boost No No No No
EM64T Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtualization Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSE4.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
AES-NI No No Yes Yes
AVX Yes Yes Yes Yes
AVX2 No No Yes Yes
Base Clock 100 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz
Pinout LGA1155 G2 or BGA1023 LGA1150 FCPGA946 or FCBGA1168

Let’s now take a detailed look at all Core i3 models launched so far.

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