Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors

Last Reviewed: 04-Dec-2017
Article ID: 000005717

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Can I run my 16-bit application with the 4th Generation processor?
  • 64-bit operating systems do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications.
  • 16-bit applications and software are not validated on 4th Generation Intel® Processor families.
  • 16-bit may run on 32-bit operating systems, but it is not optimized for 32-bit OS.
    Note See document 325462, Intel® 64, and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manual, section 21.2 - Performance: “Always use 32-bit code segments when possible. They run much faster than 16-bit code segments on P6 family processors, and somewhat faster on earlier IA-32 processors.”
  • Ask your software vendor to see if a 32-bit or 64-bit version is available to use with the newer hardware and operating system.
What sockets do the Intel® Core™ i3 Processors use?
Are processors compatible across the different sockets?

Processors for each socket are not compatible with the other socket because of electrical, mechanical, and keying differences. The boxed fan heat sinks will work across sockets because the socket footprint is the same. You must match the Thermal Design Profile (TDP) of the respective processors to properly match the right heat sinks to the right processors.

Do any of the Intel® Core™ i3 Processors contain processor graphics?
  • Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i3-5xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics
  • 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-21xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-32xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 2500/4000
  • 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-4xxx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 4400/4600
Note For Intel® HD Graphics, a higher number indicates better graphics capability.
Where can I find processor installation instructions?


Where can I find out about the Intel® Processor warranty process?

View the Intel Warranty Guide for Intel® Processors video

What are the Intel® Core™ i3 Processor series DDR3 memory voltage limitations?

We recommend using memory that adheres to the Jedec memory specification for DDR3 memory, which is 1.5 volts, plus or minus 5 percent. Any higher damage can damage the processor or significantly reduce the processor life span.

What is the maximum frequency for DDR3 memory when used with Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Series?
  • The Intel® Core™ i3-5xx/i3-21xx Processors support 1066/1333 MHz DDR3 memory
  • The Intel® Core™ i3-32xx/i3-4xxx Processors support 1333/1600 MHz DDR3 memory
What is the difference between this version of Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and the original version?

This version supports two threads per core for a total of four threads. The original implementation of hyper-threading supported two threads since they were single-core processors.

Do the Intel® Core™ i3 Processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?

The Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors do not support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology.

Are there any new chassis requirements for the Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Series platform?

The Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Series platform has no new chassis requirements. We highly recommend using a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC).

Does the Intel® Core™ i3 Processor support Error Correction Code (ECC) memory?

The Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors and supporting desktop boards do not typically support ECC memory. ECC memory is usually used on servers and workstations, rather than on desktop platforms, mainly due to the price premium of ECC memory. Check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if ECC memory is enabled on your board.