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Intel Core i3 2100 Processor Review: Page 2 of 5

The Intel i3 2100 is an introductory CPU in its new 2nd generation lineup and users looking for a low price all in one solution will find a decent one to be found in this silicon. By B. Ramirez

i3 2100 Features

Sandy Bridge has been around for a little while now and this processor fits into the lower end of that spectrum. It still features the integrated graphics processing unit, as well as Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. This makes these very good processors for the money. Speaking of money, these little babies come in at a mere 125 dollars. That’s very impressive and keeps them very competitive against AMD’s offerings.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
No
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
No
AES New Instructions
No
Intel® 64
Yes
Idle States
Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access
Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access
Yes
Execute Disable Bit
Yes

These are fully 64bit compatible and feature great power throttling capabilities. They feature Intel’s Fast Memory Access technology, Intel’s Flex Memory Access technology and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology. Now that I’ve given some of the technologies that this processor incorporates, let me explain what this means for you. First of all Hyper Threading is the technology that allows your computer to split up its work load on the dual-processors.

This means that your computer is actually able to address 4 threads instead of just 2. In theory this would mean that this dual-core processor would be twice as fast as those that are only able to address 2 threads. This works in many instances but not in all. Some applications aren’t able to be split up in this way. This processor also features Intel’s integrated HD graphics. This simply means that you don’t need a discrete graphics card, as long as you use a compatible motherboard. If you aren’t planning to do any high-end gaming or graphical design, then this is going to save you some money. This technology allows you to use different size memory modules. This can be beneficial to those that are trying to upgrade and can’t find memory in the size that they need. SpeedStep is a technology that increases the speed of the processor when needed. This means that if you are using a particularly demanding program this processor will run faster to meet that demand.

Intel Intel Core i3-2100, Intel Core i3. Processor: Socket 1155, 3 MB, 3100 MHz, Intel Core i3, i3-2100. Energie: 65 W

Today's Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) delivers thread-level parallelism on each processor resulting in more efficient use of processor resources—higher processing throughput—and improved performance on the multi-threaded software of today and tomorrow.

Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT)

Increasing manageability, security, and flexibility in IT environments, virtualization technologies like hardware-assisted Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) combined with software-based virtualization solutions provide maximum system utilization by consolidating multiple environments into a single server or PC. By abstracting the software away from the underlying hardware, a world of new usage models opens up that reduce costs, increase management efficiency, strengthen security, while making your computing infrastructure more resilient in the event of a disaster.

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

Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) extends Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT) roadmap by providing hardware assists for virtualization solution. VT-d continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environment. These inherently helps IT managers reduce the overall total cost of ownership by reducing potential down time and increasing productive throughput by better utilization of the data center resources.

Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT)

Intel Trusted Execution Technology for safer computing is a versatile set of hardware extensions to Intel processors and chipsets that enhance the digital office platform with security capabilities such as measured launch and protected execution. Intel Trusted Execution Technology provides hardware-based mechanisms that help protect against software-based attacks and protects the confidentiality and integrity of data stored or created on the client PC. It does this by enabling an environment where applications can run within their own space, protected from all other software on the system. These capabilities provide the protection mechanisms, rooted in hardware, that are necessary to provide trust in the application's execution environment. In turn, this can help to protect vital data and processes from being compromised by malicious software running on the platform.

IntelFast Memory Access (Intel FMA)

Intel Fast Memory Access is an updated Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) backbone architecture that improves system performance by optimizing the use of available memory bandwidth and reducing the latency of the memory accesses.

Execute Disable Bit

Execute Disable Bit is a hardware-based security feature that can reduce exposure to viruses and malicious-code attacks and prevent harmful software from executing and propagating on the server or network. Help protect your customers' business assets and reduce the need for costly virus-related repairs by building systems with built-in Intel Execute Disable Bit.

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