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Intel CPU BX80623I32125 Core i3-2125 3.30GHz 3MB 2Cores/4Threads LGA1155 Retail

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Pros: Fast; has Intel HyperThreading; good for multitasking

Cons: Installation may be frightening to newcomers, Intel HD Graphics isn't up to AMD Trinity

Review: Intel i3-2125

The Intel i3-2125 is Intel's highest end Sandy Bridge processor in the budget category. With only two cores, can it compare?

The Sandy Bridge processor market has steadily fallen down, and with that price. Originally with an MSRP of $159.99, the processor can be bought for $119.99.

 

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Features

The i3-2125 is a dual-core processor with four threads featuring a 3.3 GHz core clock, Intel HyperThreading, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and TDP of 65W. The low TDP is perfect for an HTPC setting, which I used it for.

 

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Box Contents

Upon opening the box, Intel packages the processor, an Intel i3 stock heatsink (different from the i5/i7 heatsink in that it does not have a copper slug at the contact point), and a manual. 

 

Installation

Installation of the processor for a first-timer was easy but somewhat frightening. After installing the processor in the socket, the force needed to secure the processor was much more than any AMD processor I had installed, and during installation the motherboard produces a sound that for newcomers like me may sound like the motherboard is about to break and shatter to bits. Fortunately, that is not the case.

 

First Boot

After booting the PC for the first time, the sound level of the stock heatsink was remarkably low. The coil whine coming from the PSU I had used in the build (CX500V2) was louder than the heatsink's sound output. Even when stress testing, I found the sound level to be very acceptable.

When multitasking under Windows 8, the i3 handled all without a hitch. Surfing the web with multiple tabs in Chrome was very smooth and even having multiple apps and multiple tabs in Chrome was handled fairly smoothly as well. However, the Intel HD 3000 graphics aren't the best for GPU-accelerated web browsing and such and certainly not gaming.

 

Overall Impression

The Intel i3-2125 is a very easy to use processor that will handle almost all current-day tasks without a hitch. Its price and low power draw are enticing to many budget gamers and HTPC builders, respectively, and HyperThreading may be of use to budget photo/video renderers. I would suggest using the current top-end i3 processor, the i3-3225, as it utilizes the Ivy Bridge architecture, has a lower TDP, and probably a bit faster.

Score: 4/5 Flames

Intel CPU BX80623I32125 Core i3-2125 3.30GHz 3MB 2Cores/4Threads LGA1155 Retail
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Essentials Status:LaunchedLaunch Date:Q311Processor Number:i3-2125Number of Cores:2Number of Threads:4Clock Speed:3.3 GHzIntel Smart Cache:3 MBBus/Core Ratio:33DMI:5 GT/sInstruction Set:64-bitInstruction Set Extensions:SSE4.1/4.2, AVXEmbedded Options Available:NoLithography:32 nmMax TDP:65 W Memory Specifications Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) :32 GBMemory Types:DDR3-1066/1333Number of Memory Channels:2Max Memory Bandwidth:21 GB/s Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 3000Graphics Base Frequency:850 MHzGraphics Max Dynamic Frequency:1.1 GHzIntel Quick Sync Video:YesIntel InTru 3D Technology:YesIntel Insider:YesIntel Wireless Display:NoIntel Flexible Display Interface (Intel FDI) :YesIntel Clear Video HD Technology:YesDual Display Capable:Yes Expansion Options PCI Express Revision:2.0 Package Specifications Max CPU Configuration:1TCASE:69.1CPackage Size:37.5mm x 37.5mmSockets Supported:FCLGA1155Low Halogen Options Available:Yes Advanced Technologies Intel Turbo Boost Technology:NoIntel vPro Technology:NoIntel Hyper-Threading Technology:YesIntel Virtualization Technology (VT-x) :YesIntel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) :NoIntel Trusted Execution Technology:NoAES New Instructions:NoIntel 64:YesIdle States:YesEnhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:YesThermal Monitoring Technologies:YesIntel Fast Memory Access:YesIntel Flex Memory Access:YesExecute Disable Bit:YesWarranty Information Intel 3-year limited

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