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Intel Core i3-540 CM80616003060AE (BX80616I3540)
8.0 out of 10

Intel Core i3-540 CM80616003060AE (BX80616I3540)

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Overall 8
8.0

purchased in a Gateway SX2850

william T., Newegg
15 September 2012
  • Pros: works fine in the Gateway i purchased a Sapphire 2gb ddr3 graphics card for new egg and it improved the graphics from 4.8 wei to 6.8 i have tried to find a bios update that may allow me to overclock but that may not be possible with the oem processor or even the motherboard which i think i found ...
  • Cons: the only cons are that it is in a slim case and the constictions on space but i improved the computer over all to CPU 7.0 from 6.8 and RAM to 7.0 from 6.8 [probably better if balanced} Graphics from4.8 to 6.8 and Gaming Graphics to 6.8 from 4.8 i am sure it is mainly from the addition of a discre...
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Overall 8
8.0

clarksdale i3

Ethel P., Newegg
30 April 2012
  • Summary: great price and with the right motherboard great cheap game system.
  • Pros: great i3 great bang for the buck.
  • Cons: not free had to pay for it
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Overall 8
8.0

good

John J., Newegg
16 November 2011
  • Pros: Running great with my new ASUS MB
  • Cons: No issues thus far but it has only been 1 week :)
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Overall 8
8.0

good stuff

M. Lamboy, Amazon
6 July 2011
  • Summary: I bought the entire I3 system: Intel processor, Intel MB, memory, HDs, windows 7... it all worked flawlessly unlike buying from newEgg. The newegg site will lead you to incompatible memory or processors and then they'll charge you a 20% restock fee.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great value with a small catch.

Alexander V., Newegg
20 June 2011
  • Summary: It should come as no surprise that Intel can make neither a good graphics solution nor an adequate thermal solution. This has been the case for years and it still is now.
  • Pros: -Excellent price-to-performance ratio. -Potential to be overclocked for even better performance. -Lower TDP than its big brothers. -Integrated graphics for those that do not need or plan to do any gaming.
  • Cons: -Dual core rather than quad core (not necessarily a con if you don't have applications that can make use of more than 2 cores) -Integrated graphics are incapable of anything beyond basic desktop use. AMD is still the way to go for an IGP that is at all capable, if you must go that route. -LGA 115...
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent in pfSense firewall!

Anonymous, Newegg
23 March 2011
  • Summary: Got it for a firewall build of pfSense, & runs at only 300Mhz in this build so its way underused. I would usually build these with AMD low power procs (cheaper platform and plenty powerful enough for a firewall) but since I only use Intel NIC's for these firewalls because pfSense or ANY Linux/BSD...
  • Pros: Most affordable entry into the Intel Core i platform. Quite snappy. Low Power. (runs at only 300Mhz on a firewall!)
  • Cons: Should be cheaper, IMHO since it IS the cheapest Core i proc. Only 2 real cores, i guess not a real con but for the price i think it should be 4 cores.
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Overall 8
8.0

It's a processor

Thomas B., Newegg
19 February 2011
  • Pros: Performs as advertised? Low power consumption
  • Cons: Meh
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid

SCOTT S., Newegg
25 January 2011
  • Pros: Working well
  • Cons: Like most processors, sometimes this thing makes the clicking noise while thinking. My case does a good job hiding it though.
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Overall 8
8.0

Noisy Fan Drops Eggs

Bob G., Newegg
24 January 2011
  • Summary: Replaced with a Thermaltake Slim X3 from NE, about 20 bucks, small and QUIET
  • Pros: Fantastic cpu; using for HTPC, no additional video card required, which keeps down heat, noise, and cost. Plays videos/DVD's just as well, if not better than my high-dollar Mac Pro
  • Cons: Never complained about Intel fans before because the fan noise was always bearable...but THIS one sounded like an automotive transmission low on fluid. After 2 weeks, woke up one morning to it screeching loudly, like it had locked up. Intel, either include a decent HSF, or offer the CPU seperatel...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

William L., Newegg
12 January 2011
  • Pros: Fast & Reliable Works well with budget consumers Supports Dual Channel Memory 1333Mhz Memory Modules of PC3-10600, not PC3-10666 Plays well on most games that require dual cores Fairly good operating frequency Hyperthreading Technology included
  • Cons: Not enough Cache Memory Dual Cores No Turbo Boost Technology available Need more cores & threads! Doesn't support Triple Channel Memory
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