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Intel Core i3-4370 Haswell Dual-Core 3.8GHz LGA 1150 54W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 BX80646I34370

  • 22nm Haswell 54W
  • 4MB L3 Cache
  • 2 x 256KB L2 Cache
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
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Get a smooth, seamless visual experience with a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor, featuring longer battery life and built-in security for deeper protection.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Valerie L.
  • 9/7/2014 10:29:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFlawless for everyday tasks, but an odd duck.

Pros: As of this writing, the 4370 is the highest performance i3 available. This chip performs absolutely flawlessly and instantaneously for everyday tasks, oftentimes with better response times than some i5 chips. As someone who browses the web, watches HD video and listens to music, the i3-4370 is more than powerful for my needs. The fourth thread is often idling at 0%, meaning there's plenty of power left over if I needed it. I can't imagine noticing an improvement in these tasks with an i5 or i7.

The stock CPU cooler is excellent. Initially I was wary of a stock cooler on a 3.8GHz chip. Depending on conditions outside the case, it idles anywhere from 79-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when benchmarking, I don't think I've seen it exceed 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and only momentarily.

Cons: None that I can think of, other than the peculiar placement of the i3 among Intel's product line. For "just" thirty dollars more, you could buy an i5 with four cores. It'd be a more powerful chip, but probably not as zippy.

Also, it's a shame Intel doesn't sell a "K" variant of this chip, with an unlocked multiplier. Based on what I've seen from the stock CPU cooler, this chip could easily maintain a high overclock with little modifications. That'd be fun.

Other Thoughts: 1) I'm not so sure why the i3 line exists. Most people who buy a CPU like this for a strict HTPC or for "grandma" or "the parents" could get by spending roughly half as much for a Pentium, with likely no noticeable difference in performance of basic tasks. People who need more performance would go quad-core anyway, placing them in the market for a pricier i5 or i7. Don't get me wrong--the i3-4370 is an excellent, fast-as-hell chip for everyday tasks, but man, is it a middle child.

2) Someone here suggested disabling cores or whatever to maximize energy efficiency. I can't imagine that being based on good science. This is a maximum 54W TDP chip at nearly $160. If you want to save power, buy a "T" variant of the i3-4130/4330, or a Celeron or something. Those run at 35W tops, cost a fraction of the price of this chip, and you get to keep the performance benefits of both cores. Lobotomizing this chip will just make the other core work harder, increasing power consumption anyway.

3) While single-threaded performance is comparable to even the high-end i7 chips, this is no replacement for someone who truly needs more than two cores and four threads. In general Windows environments, web browsing, and stuff like that, even this chip is total overkill. For intense gaming, video compression, basically anything serious, look at the i5/i7 lines.

4) If you're a casual computer user looking for a boost in performance, don't buy a new CPU unless you already own an SSD as the boot volume. It's incredible how SSDs impact performance. An i3 with an SSD will be faster for general Windows tasks than an i7 with a disk drive.

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  • Russell M.
  • 8/31/2014 2:03:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It's a "good enough processor".
The stock cooler is very quiet. I returned the after market silent cooler I anticipated using.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to use in an UnRAID server. I do not intend to use it to do on the fly video transcoding. I have never reached 100% CPU utilization on a single core while using UnRAID.

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  • Walter C.
  • 8/29/2014 3:41:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsHighest frequency speed available for Core i3...

Pros: Highest frequency speed available by Intel after the Core i7-4790K. Best Intel processor available if you need to disable one core and cut power consumption by up to 50%. 3.8 GHz plus hyper-threading in one solo-core has identical performance speed with the Celeron G1820 2.7GHz dual-core from my benchmark test, but the Celeron G1820 uses double-amount of electricity than the Core i3-4370 with one-core disabled..

Cons: Price. Intel should release a new lineup called Core i1 with one core disabled from the Core i3.

Other Thoughts: This one was part of the Haswell Refresh Part 2, and this will be the highest frequency available for the Core i3 until Broadwell is released. I don't use it for dual-core or anything fancy, but only use it as a low-power solo-core processor that never gets over 27W TDP. Excellent performance speed even with one core disabled. Great for bit-coin mining, 24/7 use, schools, and etc.

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