Intel i5-2300 2.8GHz Sandy Bridge CPU Review

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2300

Sandy Bridge processors have been out for some time now, and everyone and their grandma have run the same benchmarks, and gone through the same overclocking procedures.  All of that has been done to death, but there is another aspect a growing number of people are looking for, especially with rising energy costs... efficiency.  We will be showing the other side of the spectrum some love that few out there test, and that is underclocking and undervolting to see how efficient the i5 2300 processor is, and also see how close to its maximum efficiency the chip runs at in a stock configuration.

 

Features and Specifications

Processor Number
i5-2300
# of Cores
4
# of Threads
4
Clock Speed
2.8 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
3.1 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
6 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
28
DMI
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available
No
Lithography
32 nm
Max TDP
95 W
Recommended Channel Price

$177.00

Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB
Memory Types
DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels
2
Max Memory Bandwidth
21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported
No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.1 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology,
Yes
Intel® Insider™
Yes
Intel® Wireless Display
No
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)
Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology
Yes
Dual Display Capable
Yes
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision
2.0
# of PCI Express Ports
1
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration
1
TCASE
72.6°C
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets Supported
LGA1155
Halogen Free Options Available
Yes
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
Intel® vPro Technology
No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
No
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
No
AES New Instructions
Yes
Intel® 64
Yes
Idle States
Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access
Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access
Yes
Execute Disable Bit
Yes

 

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# Alex 2012-05-31 00:13
:lol:

Thanks, I really needed this. I moved to a Picopsu and bought a very high efficiency adapter but failed to see that 12V only operates up to 4.5A. Thus whenever I opened a video file, the computer would die. Underclocking solved the problem beautifully, and now I can run two HD videos side by side if I want!

Thanks!!