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Status
Launched
Launch Date
Q1'11
Processor Number
i3-2100
# of Cores
2
# of Threads
4
Clock Speed
3.1 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
3 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
31
DMI
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available
No
Lithography
32 nm
Max TDP
65 W
Recommended Channel Price
$117.00

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Processor Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz
So what's so special about the Core i3-2100 from Intel? It's $117 price tag for one, coupled with the fact that it has an integrated GPU inside that CPU which does 850 MHz! Essentially that means that this processor makes for a great & cheaper HTPC (Home Theater PC) or something strictly for light gaming & video.

It's only a dual core, but do not fret, this CPU/GPU will surprise you, it's quick, and it has the ability to do just about anything except intense gaming, but that's not the purpose of this CPU/GPU at all, it's real purpose is to be the perfect "cheaper" Desktop PC or HTPC.

I love this little CPU/GPU it's perfect for a good solid build, and at this price tag of $117, with DDR3 1333 RAM (cheap!), you will be very satisfied with what Intel has brought to us in the form of a low end CPU/GPU! Good bye cheap dedicated graphics cards, like forever!

Sure the GPU isn't as good as say a GTS 450, but it's good enough for the task intended, like Video Encoding, Playing Video, Light Gaming, etc. Because, let's face it, you really need a high quality graphics card for serious gaming, therefore if you aren't a gamer, this is the perfect CPU for you! Provided it's not a Quad core, but that shouldn't deter you, it performs very well, and the price tag is irresistible considering that it has a 850 MHz GPU built inside the CPU!

This CPU is great for low end system builders, so if you want something that's cheap to build, this is your CPU!

Cheers & Enjoy!
Edited by _GTech - 8/9/11 at 1:30am
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The way you've talked it up makes it sound like an APU

The intel HD 3000 isn't anything close to the iGPU in the A8-3850.
 
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The way you've talked it up makes it sound like an APU

The intel HD 3000 isn't anything close to the iGPU in the A8-3850.
You are correct if you refer to the GPU, however there is a price difference for the A8-3850 vs the i3, and the i3 will spank the hell out of the A8 Llano on the CPU side of benchmarks (including video encoding), therefore you can only be referring to the Graphics side, which mean little because we aren't intending on using this computer for gaming, not really. Not to mention that the motherboards are cheaper for the H67 Chipset!

H67 Motherboards starting at $49

I was looking at CPU/GPU processors that could hold up and that wasn't too expensive, the CPU on this thing can definitely hold up, and the graphics are better than an on-board video adapters, so hey, win win, and with that price tag, even more win!


Edited by _GTech - 8/9/11 at 1:45am
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hows it go with multi core stuff though? the amd has 4 cores... i3 has.. 2? :/
    
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hows it go with multi core stuff though? the amd has 4 cores... i3 has.. 2? :/
The i3-2100 surprisingly is close to or excels the Llano Quad core in CPU performance, but not in the GPU, Llano's GPU is significantly better. In Multi-threaded test they are close.



When it comes to Encoding Video the i3 is significantly better, even in audio it beats the A8-3850 Llano APU..



I'd say overall CPU wise the i3-2100 is better, surprisingly, that's why at the $117 price point, considering the cost for the motherboard (H67), it's a solid choice for a cheap HTPC or desktop PC, definitely!

I'd choose the i3-2100 over the Llano for two reasons, it's cheaper and the CPU performance is better. If graphics is your main concern however, then yeah the Llano A8-3850 is the way to go, though it will cost you a bit more to go that route, definitely. ($50++)
Edited by _GTech - 8/9/11 at 2:35am
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both really nice cpu setups for a buget build
    
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both really nice cpu setups for a buget build
Indeed, that's exactly why I'm gonna be using the i3, CHEAP!
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Isn't AMD's new APU's a lot faster then SB powered IGP?
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Isn't AMD's new APU's a lot faster then SB powered IGP?
Yes, but as been stated already, the CPU side of things AMD is lacking. Those benchmarks show that a quad core processor is being destroyed by a dual core processor at nearly the same clocks. And these are multithreaded benchmarks too.
   
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Yes, but as been stated already, the CPU side of things AMD is lacking. Those benchmarks show that a quad core processor is being destroyed by a dual core processor at nearly the same clocks. And these are multithreaded benchmarks too.
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