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Intel Core i3 2100T details leak

Intel Core i3 2100T details leak

Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-based Core i3 2100T has a teeny-tiny 35W TDP, say sources.

Details of Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-based i3 processors have leaked out, and there's one particular model that has caught people's interest: it features a tiny TDP.

Specifications for the Core i3 2100T chip were obtained by Fudzilla from an unnamed source, and reveal an interesting chip for Intel's lower-end range: featuring two 2.5GHz processing cores and HyperThreading support for up to four simultaneous threads, the Core i3 2100T also packs a beefy 3MB of shared cache.

Although the integrated graphics chipset, which trundles along at 650MHz but can hit 1100MHz when Intel's Turbo Boost technology kicks in, is unlikely to impress gamers, what may gather more interest is the power draw of the chip: its alleged TDP is a mere 35W, thanks to a technology that Intel is to call 'Power Optimising Lifestyle.'

For a desktop chip, where power draw of over 100W is not unheard of, that's a pretty impressive figure, and while the alleged specifications of the chip clearly demonstrate it's not aimed at gamers, it could be an interesting choice for size-restricted systems such as home theatre PCs or small form factor builds.

OEMs are likely to find uses for the chip, too: while the TDP is too high for it to be a realistic option in the portable market, the Core i3 2100T could become the new staple of all-in-one desktop machines.

The Core i3 2100T is said to support dual-channel DDR3 at 1066MHz or 1333MHz, and comes in an LGA 1155 package, but sadly until Intel makes the release official there's no news of a launch date or pricing information.

Does the new Intel Core i3 2100T look like an interesting addition to the company's line-up, or are you more interested in the performance chips than the eco-friendly options? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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MrJay 3rd November 2010, 17:51 Quote
Oo *Dribbles*
schmidtbag 3rd November 2010, 18:15 Quote
i'm not a fan of intel but i'd have to say this is pretty impressive and makes i3 a lot more purposeful - imo i3 was overall an unnecessary release (what they should have done is make i3 what the new pentiums are, and drop the pentium name).

although this is a very impressive tdp, intel needs to focus more on integrated video. if they're not going to let nvidia do it, they need to do better than nvidia. today, if i were to build a cheap intel setup, i'd deliberately not buy an i3 because i'd rather spend the money on a better cpu with a separate better gpu.
Oggyb 3rd November 2010, 18:30 Quote
What's with all these low-end Core i parts only supporting 1333MHz RAM?
JrRRr 3rd November 2010, 19:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Oggyb
What's with all these low-end Core i parts only supporting 1333MHz RAM?

Umm.. ..because it's low-end? ;)

But really.. ..this would be a "perfect" allrounder for the office-type PC.. If the price is right..
Oggyb 3rd November 2010, 20:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by JrRRr
Umm.. ..because it's low-end? ;)

But really.. ..this would be a "perfect" allrounder for the office-type PC.. If the price is right..

Of course, I typed that at my P4 with 266MHz RAM.
Landy_Ed 3rd November 2010, 22:51 Quote
Seems to me like a possible contender for a very quiet DAW as well.
jrs77 3rd November 2010, 23:30 Quote
If only the integrated GMA wouldn't be so bad.

The power of the CPUs is not really needed to do your daily tasks like browsing the web or writing a text etc... I can do all this with my Atom330 and only 15 Watts TDP perfectly fine allready.

The Zacate from AMD with it's 18Watt TDP can compete with the current i5-520M in tasks like web, office or media-playback, but outperforms it by 50% when 3d is asked for.

As the i5-520M is basically exactly the same as the i3-2100T the 35 Watt TDP for this chip sounds still way too high imho, if AMD can do it with half the TDP.
logan'srun 4th November 2010, 11:06 Quote
DAW? (excuse my ignorance)
pimlicosound 4th November 2010, 11:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
DAW? (excuse my ignorance)

Digital Audio Workstation. A computer that's set up for music studio duty.
logan'srun 4th November 2010, 11:43 Quote
ah, gotcha!
sb1991 4th November 2010, 14:57 Quote
Is this much more impressive than current laptop chips?
kenco_uk 4th November 2010, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
The Zacate from AMD with it's 18Watt TDP can compete with the current i5-520M in tasks like web, office or media-playback, but outperforms it by 50% when 3d is asked for.

This interests me more. Particularly if it's to be put into a netbook or two. Link.
Tyinsar 4th November 2010, 15:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
...while the TDP is too high for it to be a realistic option in the portable market,...
So what's the big deal then?

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Originally Posted by sb1991
Its this much more impressive than current laptop chips?
"Its this"?
If you're asking how this is any better than what can already be achieved using laptop parts then I agree and would like to know too. - Sorry for being cynical but frankly this looks more like a press release than a scoop.
javaman 4th November 2010, 16:05 Quote
Isn't that nice, now to pay £xxx to unlock it and overclock. Most likely these are high end chips down clocked for the purpose of overclocking via unlocking by code
Phoenixlight 4th November 2010, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Oggyb
What's with all these low-end Core i parts only supporting 1333MHz RAM?

There's hardly any difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz RAM so who cares? it's not like you'll be missing out unless you're overclocking and i'm pretty sure you won't be able to overclock the i3 2100T anyway.
Burnout21 6th November 2010, 21:23 Quote
hmm well until either the AMD or this i3 actually hit the market place i shall reserve judgement considering the cost or supply could just make them a wet dream if you can't get hold of them.
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