The Intel Core i3 530 Review - Great for Overclockers & Gamersby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST
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Integrated Graphics - Slower than AMD, Still Perfect for an HTPC
Intel was very careful to seed reviewers with the Core i5 661, it provides integrated graphics performance equal to if not better than the best integrated graphics from AMD and NVIDIA.
The same, unfortunately, can’t be said about the Core i3 530. With 81% of the GPU clock of the 661, the i3’s graphics are obviously slower. It’s not a huge drop, but it’s enough to be noticeable and enough to be slower than AMD:
|1024 x 768||Batman: AA||Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2||Dawn of War II||Dragon Age Origins||HAWX||World of Warcraft|
|Intel Core i5 661 (HD Graphics)||35 fps||21.6 fps||15.0 fps||41.5 fps||53 fps||14.8 fps|
|Intel Core i3 530 (HD Graphics)||28 fps||17.5 fps||9.5 fps||34.4 fps||45 fps||12.5 fps|
|AMD Phenom II X4 965 (790GX)||35 fps||29.3 fps||12.1 fps||35.6 fps||58 fps||21.1 fps|
|Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 (GMA X4500)||15 fps||failed||1.4 fps||16.8 fps||26 fps||11.7 fps|
The i3 does retain all of the sweet TrueHD/DTS-HD MA bitstreaming support that makes Clarkdale the perfect HTPC platform. If you don’t need the extra CPU power, the Core i3 530 could make for a great HTPC.