Intel Core i3 530 offers peppy Linux Performance

by Rafael Hernandez on January 31, 2010 · 4 comments

Intel’s Core i3 lineup presents a bit of an interesting premise for system users. It’s certainly fast but there are older processors that are clearly faster but the new chip shows it has the muscle to handle other tasks at a much faster clip.

Phoronix has a look at how the Intel Core i3 530 handles quite a few tasks under a Linux operating system and the results might surprise you, if you use your system for things other than office work:

In our Core i3 Linux benchmarks we found this processor to perform very well especially in the heavily SMP-based areas where it was able to shine and run quite well. In other areas, the Core i3 530 was running neck-and-neck with the Core 2 Duo E8400 processor that is based on Intel’s Wolfdale from 2008. In some benchmarks, this older processor would come out ahead when running at its higher clocks, but this was a very close race and the Core i3 can be overclocked well too. The Core 2 Duo E8400 actually retails for around $170 USD where as the Core i3 530 is selling for about $120 USD, which makes it a much better bargain. The AMD Phenom II X3 710 did not pose much of a threat to the Core i3 530 processor except in the OpenSSL and Apache benchmarks.

A speedy little chip for tasks both big and small.

Previous post:

Next post: