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Intel Core i5-661 & Core i3-530 CPU Review
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 04 January 2010 17:16


As soon as Intel announced Core i7, its amazingly successful range of Core 2 processors was living on borrowed time. With Core i5 and now Core i3, Core 2's number is finally up. The new Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs have a lot to live up but it’s a measure of how far Intel has come in the past couple of years that the direct replacements of the Core 2 lines are pitched as being Intel’s mainstream and budget-orientated parts.

As we’ve become used to since the Core i5 launch, the new Core i3 and i5 CPUs are intended to be slower than Core i7 – and considerably cheaper. That doesn't mean they're technologically uninteresting, though; they’re built using a 32nm manufacturing process rather than the 45nm process previous Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs used, and they also have GPUs built in. This is the first time we’ve seen a hybrid CPU/GPU processor.



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