The new Clarkdale based processors are a bit of a redesign with accompanying die-shrink and as result they are quite energy friendly processors. A processor like the Core i3 530 for example consumes just 73 Watts, and that is with both cores stressed. Clever power management allows the internal voltage and processor multiplier to drop, core independent.
The processor tested today has a TDP of 73W, and that's quite an improvement and it shows this during our measurements:
Core i3 530 2.93GHz + Radeon 5870
Core i5 661 3.33GHz + Radeon 5870
As you can see, these are really respectable numbers. Mind you that this was done with an H55 motherboard, one SSD, optical drive, 4GB memory and for the last entry, Radeon HD 5870 graphics card.
For even more optimal power consumption make sure you have BIOS features like EIST and C1E enabled and within Windows set your performance mode to balanced (allows the processor to clock down).
Temperatures are very good as well. With an air cooler you can expect temps like below:
Temperature in Degrees C
Core i3 530 2,93 GHz
Core i5 661 3,33 GHz
Now I need to mention that these temperatures are managed with a stock reference cooler -- you'll reach roughly 50 degrees C / 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Try to imagine what happens when you slap proper cooling on there, the overclocking potential will become fabulous. Of course results will vary with different motherboards and cooling solutions. But as a baseline the temperatures definitely are promising, especially with overclocking in mind.
Have a peek below, 100% CPU load on the 2/4 cores 100% stressed with Prime 95, voltages are left at default, processor Turbo mode is disabled as the processor doesn't support it.
Core i3 530 processor review Earlier this month on the 3rd we took an in-depth peek at the Core i5 600 series processors. Intel that day also released the the Core i3 series processors, exactly the same thing, yet clocked slight slower and with Intel's Turbo mode' stripped away. The end result however is a processor that is priced much more attractive-- yet for a dual-core processor offers much more bang for buck at a mainstream or HTPC. And that processor was not seeded towards Dutch press, hence a review on Core i3 530 today.