Intel Core i3 2100 review

Does the budget Sandy Bridge processor provide enough features?

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Because the Intel Core i3 2100 multiplier is locked, and without any Turbo Boost, the only thing that can be overclocked is the graphics core.

This is done by adjusting the graphics multiplier in the BIOS. The way the speed is worked out is by multiplying the host clock by 0.5 and then by the multiplier.

The highest we could get our sample to run stably was at 1.3GHz

CPU video encoding performance

Intel core i3 2100 benchmarks

1080p CPU gaming performance

Intel core i3 2100 benchmarks

1080p CPU gaming performance (maximum overclock)

Intel core i3 2100 benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor Upgrade
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Thermal Design Power65 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i3 i3-2100
L3 Cache3 MB
Clock Speed3.10 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameHP
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification69.1°C
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Width37.5 mm
Depth37.5 mm
L2 Cache512 KB
Product Seriesi3-2100
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Product Modeli3-2100
Product NameCore i3 Dual-core i3-2100 3.1GHz FIO Processor Upgrade
Product LineCore i3
Manufacturer Part Number643288-L21
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Intel Core i3 processor provides the basis for an affordable PC. This dual-core processor with 4-way multitasking capability has built-in performance headroom for software upgrades, providing an excellent return on investment.

Process Technology32 nm