Intel Core i3-3217U Processor (3M Cache, 1.80 GHz)

The Intel Core i3-3217U is an ULV-processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture released in Q2 2012. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 1.8 GHz, Turbo Boost is not supported. As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, it offers a 3 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i3-3217U is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. Therefore, overall performance is just a bit below the former Core i5-2467M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 350 MHz up to 1050 MHz with Turbo Boost, delivering a performance comparable with an AMD Radeon HD 6620G.

The ULV-CPUs are rated at a TDP of 17 W including graphics card and memory controller.  Therefore, the CPU is suited for small laptops and ultrabooks.

Series Intel Core i3
Codename Ivy Bridge
Clock Rate 1800 MHz
Level 1 Cache 128 KB
Level 2 Cache 512 KB
Level 3 Cache 3072 KB
Number of Cores / Threads 2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power) 17 Watt
Manufacturing Technology 22 nm
Die Size 118 mm2
Max. Temperature 105 °C
Socket FCBGA1023
Features Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable Bit
64 Bit 64 Bit support
Hardware Virtualization VT-x
Starting Price $225 U.S.
Announcement Date 06/03/2012
Product Link (external) Intel Core i3 3217U

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