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Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz (Clarkdale) Socket LGA1156 Processor - Retail

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Dual Core with Hyperthreading Technology, 3.06GHz clock speed, 32nm Process, 4MB L3 Cache, Dual Channel DDR3 Controller, Integrated Graphics, 3 Year Warranty.

This item is currently discontinued and at present, we have no replacement on order.
Quickcode: 39241  
Stock code: CPU-I5-CM80616003060
Manuf. code: BX80616I3540
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html> The Intel® Core™ i3 processor family with Intel® HD Graphics delivers a revolutionary new architecture for an unparallleled computing experience.

As the first level in Intel's new processor family, the Intel Core i3 processor is the perfect entry point for a fast, responsive PC experience.

This processor comes equipped with Intel HD Graphics, an advanced video engine that delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and advanced 3D capabilities, providing an ideal graphics solution for everyday computing.

A smart choice for home and office, the Intel Core i3 processor also features Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, which enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. Do not let too many open applications slow you and your PC down. Get smart performance now.

Warranty Information:

Manufacturer intel
Warranty Type Direct with Manufacturer
Manufacturer Website
Warranty Period (yrs)3

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Question  This cpu by Giovy

How is this compared to the Q8400 quadcore CPU in your super special? In terms of performance? Games?

Answer by daniele on Saturday, August 6, 2011
Well firstly the Q8400 is socket 775 and this is socket 1156 so you need to choose the correct processor based on the socket on your motherboard. If you need the quadcore then go for that. If it is not a requirement, the i3 is generally better

Question  Gaming by Avijeet

Is this the ideal processor for high level of gaming and newer games? If not, what would you recommend to work well with a Nvidia graphics card?


Answer by andrewn on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is a decent CPU for gaming, yes. Not the most powerful out there but a good balance of cost and performance. All CPUs should work fine with nVidia GFX cards really.

Question  Question by Nasim

Hi is this one support with 39272 (Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Intel H55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 PCI-Express Micro-ATX Motherboard (rev. 1.3)

Answer by philm on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Yes it is.

Question  Thermal gel by ant

Would i have to buy thermal gel for this processor, or does the gel come with it?

Answer by PETERW on Sunday, December 26, 2010
It comes with thermal compound.

Question  Cores? by Sharlee

As this CPU has HT, Does it show 4 cores in the Task Manager?

Answer by gavin on Monday, November 29, 2010
It has 4 logical cores yes.
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