Information about Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors


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Find information about Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors. Learn about supported features, compatibility, graphics, memory, and more.

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Socket support
Compatibility across different sockets

Processors for each socket are not compatible with the other socket because of electrical, mechanical, and keying differences. The boxed fan heatsinks 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 heatsinks to the right processors.

Processor graphics support
Processor installation instructions
  1. Visit Intel® Processor Installation Support.
  2. Choose Desktop.
  3. Select the desired socket from the available list.
Processor warranty

View the Warranty Guide for Intel® Processors.

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 voltage can damage the processor or significantly reduce the processor life span.

Maximum frequency for supported memory
Chassis requirements

We recommend using a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC).

Error Correction Code (ECC) memory?

ECC support depends on the motherboard and chipset. If your processor is supporting ECC, you need to check with your motherboard vendor to see if they are also supporting it.

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.