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I3 530 2.93 Vs I3 540 3.06

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August 19, 2010 7:39:30 PM

Is there much of a difference between the I3 540 3.06 and the I3 530 2.93 ? In terms of over clocking,performance etc...

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August 19, 2010 7:48:23 PM

If you plan to OC, get the 530, besides the 1X multi difference its more or less identical chips.
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August 19, 2010 7:54:56 PM

Tim is right, it is an identical chip until Intel gets their greedy little hands on it and cuts the multiplier on it by 1x.

There are a number of reasons or possibilities why Intel does this but as each chip is tested, some pass all the tests with a 23x multiplier setting and thus become the i3 540. Others fail with the 23x multiplier setting but pass with the 22x multiplier setting and thus become the 530.....
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August 19, 2010 7:58:05 PM

jonpaul37 said:
Tim is right, it is an identical chip until Intel gets their greedy little hands on it and cuts the multiplier on it by 1x.

There are a number of reasons or possibilities why Intel does this but as each chip is tested, some pass all the tests with a 23x multiplier setting and thus become the i3 540. Others fail with the 23x multiplier setting but pass with the 22x multiplier setting and thus become the 530.....

The second possibility happening is VERY rare though, as i3s its self were binned i5 duals and Intel do need some chips for the even lower-priced Pentium Gs.
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August 19, 2010 8:03:44 PM

Timop said:
The second possibility happening is VERY rare though, as i3s its self were binned i5 duals and Intel do need some chips for the even lower-priced Pentium Gs.


Indeed, they must have one hell of a quality-control department @ Intel as i would imagine it being a tough job deciding/sorting which chips/wafers are "the good batch"
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August 19, 2010 8:47:23 PM

More and more games are now taking advantage of multiple cores. Even the amd x3s are performing better than their x2 counterparts clock per clock. If you're considering these for games and really want Intel, I would go for the lowest 15 quad to take advantage of turbo boost.
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August 19, 2010 8:49:00 PM

=( Correction: I meant I5 not 15...
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