titleIntel started 2011 off with the official introduction to their highly anticipated Sandy Bridge processors. We had the chance to take a look at their mid-range i5-2500k and we loved it. The i5-2500k isn’t perfect for everyone, that’s why Intel has introduced a range of processors. Today we will be taking a look at their i3-2100 and i7-2600 to see how they stand in the grand scheme of things. While we do, we will retest the i5-2500k and put the three head to head to find out what the extra money gets you.

 

Product Name: Intel i3-2100

Intel i7-2600

Review Sample Provided by: Intel

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

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Specifications

Product Name

Core i3-2100

Core i5-2500k

Core i7-2600

Price

$124.99

$219.99

$299.99

# of Cores

2

4

4

# of Threads

4

4

8

Clock Speed

3.1 GHz

3.3 GHz

3.4 GHz

Max Turbo Frequency

n/a

3.7 GHz

3.8 GHz

Cache

3 MB

6 MB

8 MB

Bus/Core Ratio

31

33

34

System Bus

5 GT/s

5 GT/s

5 GT/s

Instruction Set

64-bit

64-bit

64-bit

Lithography

32 nm

32 nm

32 nm

Max TDP

65 W

95 W

95 W

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size

32 GB

32 GB

32 GB

Memory Types

DDR3-1066/1333

DDR3-1066/1333

DDR3-1066/1333

# of Memory Channels

2

2

2

Max Memory Bandwidth

21 GB/s

21 GB/s

21 GB/s

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Graphics Model

Intel® HD Graphics 2000

Intel® HD Graphics 3000

Intel® HD Graphics 2000

Intel® Quick Sync Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology,

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Insider™

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Wireless Display

No

No

No

Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Clear Video HD Technology

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual Display Capable

Yes

Yes

Yes

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision

2.0

2.0

2.0

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

No

2.0

2.0

Intel® vPro Technology

No

No

Yes

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

Yes

No

Yes

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

No

No

Yes

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology

No

No

Yes

AES New Instructions

No

Yes

Yes

Intel® 64

Yes

Yes

Yes

Idle States

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology

Yes

Yes

Yes

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Fast Memory Access

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Flex Memory Access

Yes

Yes

Yes

Execute Disable Bit

Yes

Yes

Yes


 

Posted: 2 years 9 months ago by LinkyPwns#16661
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Thanks for the review Garfield. This will defenitly help those looking to build a new system, or potentially an upgrade
Posted: 2 years 9 months ago by Nacelle#16491
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New format is messing with my head.

 

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