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Intel Core i3
core i3 logo.png
Core i3 Logo
Developer Intel
Manufacturer Intel
Type Microprocessors
Introduction June 17, 2009 (announced)
January 04, 2010 (launch)
ISA IA-32, x86-64
µarch Westmere, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, Kaby Lake
Word size 64 bit
8 octets
16 nibbles
Process 32 nm
0.032 μm
3.2e-5 mm
, 22 nm
0.022 μm
2.2e-5 mm
, 14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
Technology CMOS
Package FCLGA-1168, FCLGA-1150, FCLGA-1155, FCLGA-1156, FCBGA-1288, FCBGA-1023, FCPGA-988
Socket LGA-1151, LGA-1150, LGA-1155, LGA-1156, Socket G1, Socket G2, Socket G3
Succession
Core 2

Core i3 is family of low-end performance processors introduced by Intel since 2010, following the retirement of the Core 2 family.

Overview[edit]

Intel first announced the retirement of the Core 2 in mid-2009, but the Core i3 was not official launched until January 04, 2010. Core i3 microprocessors are considered performance processors, but generally sit on the low side of the scale. They sit below the Core i5 and well below the Core i7 families, making it fairly decent for multitasking and somewhat OK budget gaming.

All Core i3 processors are dual-core.

Members[edit]

Intel has traditionally been grouping Core i3 processors into generations based on the microarchitecture they are based on with 1st generation being based on Westmere in 32 nm with the latest chips based on Skylake manufactured using a 14 nm process.

1st Generation (Westmere)[edit]

Main article: Westmere Microarchitecture
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Arrandale Core[edit]

The Arrandale-based i3 processors are dual-core processors. These processors had the FSB replaced with Direct Media Interface 1.0. These processors use Socket-G1. They all have the following features:

Arrandale-based Core i3 Microprocessors
CPUIGP
ModelPriceLaunchedCTTDPFreqL3$IGP NameFrequencyTurbo
i3-330E$ 177.00
€ 159.30
£ 143.37
¥ 18,289.41
7 January 20102435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,133.33 MHz
2.133 GHz
2,133,330 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
i3-330M7 January 20102435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,133.33 MHz
2.133 GHz
2,133,330 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
i3-350M7 January 20102435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,266.66 MHz
2.267 GHz
2,266,660 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
i3-370M22 June 20102435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,399.99 MHz
2.4 GHz
2,399,990 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
i3-380M26 September 20102435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,533.33 MHz
2.533 GHz
2,533,330 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
i3-390M11 January 20112435 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
2,666.66 MHz
2.667 GHz
2,666,660 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
667 MHz
0.667 GHz
667,000 KHz
ZZZZZUltra-low Power
i3-330UM24 May 20102418 W
18,000 mW
0.0241 hp
0.018 kW
1,199.99 MHz
1.2 GHz
1,199,990 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)166 MHz
0.166 GHz
166,000 KHz
500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
i3-380UM1 October 20102418 W
18,000 mW
0.0241 hp
0.018 kW
1,333.33 MHz
1.333 GHz
1,333,330 kHz
3 MiB
3,072 KiB
3,145,728 B
0.00293 GiB
HD Graphics (Ironlake)166 MHz
0.166 GHz
166,000 KHz
500 MHz
0.5 GHz
500,000 KHz
Count: 8

2nd Generation (Sandy Bridge)[edit]

Main article: Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture
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3rd Generation (Ivy Bridge)[edit]

Main article: Ivy Bridge Microarchitecture
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4th Generation (Haswell)[edit]

Main article: Haswell Microarchitecture
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5th Generation (Broadwell)[edit]

Main article: Broadwell Microarchitecture
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6th Generation (Skylake)[edit]

Main article: Skylake Microarchitecture

Desktop[edit]

Skylake-based Core i3 Processors (Desktops)
Main processorIGP
ModelprocessLaunchedCTFreqTDPMax MemNameFreqTurbo Freq
i3-6006U14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
10 November 2016242 GHz
2,000 MHz
2,000,000 kHz
15 W
15,000 mW
0.0201 hp
0.015 kW
Intel HD Graphics 520300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
900 GHz
900,000 MHz
900,000,000 KHz
i3-6098P14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
27 December 2015243.6 GHz
3,600 MHz
3,600,000 kHz
54 W
54,000 mW
0.0724 hp
0.054 kW
Intel HD Graphics 510350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.05 GHz
1,050 MHz
1,050,000 KHz
i3-610014 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015243.7 GHz
3,700 MHz
3,700,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.05 GHz
1,050 MHz
1,050,000 KHz
i3-6100T14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015243.2 GHz
3,200 MHz
3,200,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-6100TE14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
12 October 2015242.7 GHz
2,700 MHz
2,700,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
i3-6120T14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 June 201624
i3-630014 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015243.8 GHz
3,800 MHz
3,800,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
Intel Iris Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.15 GHz
1,150 MHz
1,150,000 KHz
i3-6300T14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015243.3 GHz
3,300 MHz
3,300,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-632014 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015243.9 GHz
3,900 MHz
3,900,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.15 GHz
1,150 MHz
1,150,000 KHz
i3-6320T14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 June 201624
Count: 10

Mobile[edit]

Skylake-based Core i3 Processors (Mobile)
Main processorIGP
ModelprocessLaunchedCTFreqTDPMax MemNameFreqTurbo Freq
i3-6100E14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
12 October 2015242.7 GHz
2,700 MHz
2,700,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-6100H14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
1 September 2015242.7 GHz
2,700 MHz
2,700,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.9 GHz
900 MHz
900,000 KHz
i3-6100U14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
12 October 2015242.3 GHz
2,300 MHz
2,300,000 kHz
15 W
15,000 mW
0.0201 hp
0.015 kW
Intel HD Graphics 520300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
i3-6102E14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
12 October 2015241.9 GHz
1,900 MHz
1,900,000 kHz
25 W
25,000 mW
0.0335 hp
0.025 kW
Intel HD Graphics 530350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-6167U14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
February 2016242.7 GHz
2,700 MHz
2,700,000 kHz
28 W
28,000 mW
0.0375 hp
0.028 kW
Intel Iris Graphics 550300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
Count: 5

7th Generation (Kaby Lake)[edit]

Main article: Kaby Lake Microarchitecture
7th Gen Core-i3-badge.png

7th generation, modes which was introduced by Intel in early 2017, are manufactured on Intel's improved 14 nm process "14nm+" which allowed for higher clock speeds at similar voltage levels. As such most models enjoy 100-300 MHz clock increase over their previous generation for the same price (Note that clock-for-clock there is no performance improvement over 6th generation Core i3). Overall very few minor features were introduced in the 7th Generation Core i3 models, including improved GPU support for 4K playback via native hardware acceleration. All models incorporate a 600-series integrated graphics processor which is largely identical to their 6th generation 500-series counterparts. Note that 7th generation Core i3 models have dropped support for ECC memory which were used in many small-business and home servers.

Desktop[edit]

Desktop 7th generation Core i3 processors were launched in January of 2017. While their clock-for-clock performance is identical to their 6th generation counterparts, they are clocked higher which allowed for a slight performance increase. All desktop models use Socket LGA-1151 and have the following common features:

  • TDP: 35-60 W
  • ISA: Everything up to AVX (SMM, FPU, NX, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX)
  • Tech: Software Guard (SGX), Memory Protection (MPX), OS Guard, VT-x, and Hyper-Threading
 List of Kaby Lake-based Core i3 Desktop Processors
 Main processorIGPFeatures
ModelPriceProcessLaunchedCTFreqTDPMax MemNameFreqTurbo FreqSecure KeyECCVT-xVT-dTSXAVX2SST
i3-7100$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.9 GHz
3,900 MHz
3,900,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7100T$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.4 GHz
3,400 MHz
3,400,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7101E$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.9 GHz
3,900 MHz
3,900,000 kHz
54 W
54,000 mW
0.0724 hp
0.054 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 610350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7101TE$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.4 GHz
3,400 MHz
3,400,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 610350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7300$ 147.00
€ 132.30
£ 119.07
¥ 15,189.51
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017244 GHz
4,000 MHz
4,000,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.15 GHz
1,150 MHz
1,150,000 KHz
i3-7300T$ 147.00
€ 132.30
£ 119.07
¥ 15,189.51
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.5 GHz
3,500 MHz
3,500,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7310T14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
2017243.4 GHz
3,400 MHz
3,400,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7320$ 157.00
€ 141.30
£ 127.17
¥ 16,222.81
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017244.1 GHz
4,100 MHz
4,100,000 kHz
51 W
51,000 mW
0.0684 hp
0.051 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.15 GHz
1,150 MHz
1,150,000 KHz
i3-7350K$ 179.00
€ 161.10
£ 144.99
¥ 18,496.07
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017244.2 GHz
4,200 MHz
4,200,000 kHz
60 W
60,000 mW
0.0805 hp
0.06 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.15 GHz
1,150 MHz
1,150,000 KHz
Count: 9

Mobile[edit]

The 7th generation Mobile Core i3 processors which are based on the Kaby Lake microarchitecture were introduced in mid-2016 with later models introduced in early 2017. All mobile models use BGA-1356 socket for U-series models and BGA-1440 socket for H-series with the following common features:

 List of Kaby Lake-based Core i3 Mobile Processors
 Main processorIGP
ModelPriceProcessLaunchedCTFreqTDPMax MemNameFreqTurbo Freq
i3-7100H$ 225.00
€ 202.50
£ 182.25
¥ 23,249.25
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243 GHz
3,000 MHz
3,000,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-7100U$ 281.00
€ 252.90
£ 227.61
¥ 29,035.73
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
30 August 2016242.4 GHz
2,400 MHz
2,400,000 kHz
15 W
15,000 mW
0.0201 hp
0.015 kW
32 GiB
32,768 MiB
33,554,432 KiB
34,359,738,368 B
0.0313 TiB
HD Graphics 620300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
i3-7167U$ 304.00
€ 273.60
£ 246.24
¥ 31,412.32
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017242.8 GHz
2,800 MHz
2,800,000 kHz
28 W
28,000 mW
0.0375 hp
0.028 kW
32 GiB
32,768 MiB
33,554,432 KiB
34,359,738,368 B
0.0313 TiB
Iris Plus Graphics 650300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
Count: 3

Embedded[edit]

Embedded 7th generation Core i3 processors were introduced in mid-2016 with later models introduced in early 2017. All mobile models have the following common features:

  • TDP: 15-54 W
  • ISA: Everything up to AVX (SMM, FPU, NX, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX, and FMA3)
  • Tech: Software Guard (SGX), Memory Protection (MPX), OS Guard, VT-x, VT-d, and Hyper-Threading
 List of Kaby Lake-based Core i3 Embedded Processors
 Main processorIGPFeatures
ModelPriceProcessLaunchedCTFreqTDPMax MemNameFreqTurbo FreqSecure KeyECCAVX2SST
i3-7100E$ 225.00
€ 202.50
£ 182.25
¥ 23,249.25
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017242.9 GHz
2,900 MHz
2,900,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
i3-7100U$ 281.00
€ 252.90
£ 227.61
¥ 29,035.73
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
30 August 2016242.4 GHz
2,400 MHz
2,400,000 kHz
15 W
15,000 mW
0.0201 hp
0.015 kW
32 GiB
32,768 MiB
33,554,432 KiB
34,359,738,368 B
0.0313 TiB
HD Graphics 620300 MHz
0.3 GHz
300,000 KHz
1 GHz
1,000 MHz
1,000,000 KHz
i3-7101E$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.9 GHz
3,900 MHz
3,900,000 kHz
54 W
54,000 mW
0.0724 hp
0.054 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 610350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7101TE$ 117.00
€ 105.30
£ 94.77
¥ 12,089.61
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017243.4 GHz
3,400 MHz
3,400,000 kHz
35 W
35,000 mW
0.0469 hp
0.035 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 610350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
1.1 GHz
1,100 MHz
1,100,000 KHz
i3-7102E$ 225.00
€ 202.50
£ 182.25
¥ 23,249.25
14 nm
0.014 μm
1.4e-5 mm
3 January 2017242.1 GHz
2,100 MHz
2,100,000 kHz
25 W
25,000 mW
0.0335 hp
0.025 kW
64 GiB
65,536 MiB
67,108,864 KiB
68,719,476,736 B
0.0625 TiB
HD Graphics 630350 MHz
0.35 GHz
350,000 KHz
0.95 GHz
950 MHz
950,000 KHz
Count: 5


Facts about "Core i3 - Intel"
designerIntel +
first announcedJune 17, 2009 +
first launchedJanuary 4, 2010 +
full page nameintel/core i3 +
instance ofmicroprocessor family +
instruction set architectureIA-32 + and x86-64 +
manufacturerIntel +
microarchitectureWestmere +, Sandy Bridge +, Ivy Bridge +, Haswell +, Broadwell +, Skylake + and Kaby Lake +
packageFCLGA-1168 +, FCLGA-1150 +, FCLGA-1155 +, FCLGA-1156 +, FCBGA-1288 +, FCBGA-1023 + and FCPGA-988 +
process32 nm (0.032 μm, 3.2e-5 mm) +, 22 nm (0.022 μm, 2.2e-5 mm) + and 14 nm (0.014 μm, 1.4e-5 mm) +
socketLGA-1151 +, LGA-1150 +, LGA-1155 +, LGA-1156 +, Socket G1 +, Socket G2 + and Socket G3 +
technologyCMOS +
word size64 bit (8 octets, 16 nibbles) +