Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors

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03/04/2020

Review the most frequently asked questions about Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors. Learn about supported features, compatibility, graphics, memory, and more.

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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?
  • The Intel® Core™ 8th Generation: i3-8xxx Processors feature Intel® UHD Graphics 630.
  • The Intel® Core™ 7th Generation: i3-7xxx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 630.
  • The Intel® Core™ 6th Generation: i3-6xxx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 510 and Intel® HD Graphics 530.
  • The Intel® Core™ 4th Generation: i3-4xxx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 4400, and and Intel® HD Graphics 4600.
  • The Intel® Core™ 3rd Generation: i3-32xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 2500, and and Intel® HD Graphics 4000.
  • The Intel® Core™ 2nd Generation: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-21xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics 2000, and and Intel® HD Graphics 3000.
  • Previous Generation Intel® Core™: i3-5xx Processors feature Intel® HD Graphics
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 Frequently Asked Questions about Warranty for Intel® Processors.

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

What is the maximum frequency for DDR3 and DDR4 memory when used with Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Series?
  • The Intel® Core™ 7th Generation:  i3-7xxx Processors support DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 MHz.
  • The Intel® Core™ 6th Generation:  i3-6xxx Processors support DDR4-1866/2133 and DR3L-1333/1600 MHz.
  • The Intel® Core™ 4th Generation:T i3-4xxx Processors support DDR3-1333/1600 and DDR3L-1333/1600 MHz.
  • The Intel® Core™ 3rd Generation:  i3-3xxx Processors support  DDR3 1333/1600 MHz.
Do the Intel® Core™ i3 Processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?

No. The Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors do not support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology.

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

We recommend using a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC).

Does the Intel® Core™ i3 Processor support 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 if they are also supporting it.