This week though we ended up ordering an Intel Core i3 530 processor (also available at Amazon.com). The Core i3 530 "Clarkdale" is a dual-core processor clocked at 2.93GHz, uses the LGA-1156 socket, has 4MB of L3 cache, 73 Watt TDP, and is built on a 32nm process. The Core i3 530 also has Hyper-Threading so the logical core count is at four. The integrated GPU found on the Clarkdale CPU has a 733MHz clock.
CPU and GPU benchmarks of this Intel Core i3 processor under Linux will be published in a week or two. In regards to the on-die GPU, the Clarkdale IGP is supported by the Linux 2.6.33 kernel DRM and is also supported by the xf86-video-intel DDX driver and Mesa after being previously known as the IGDNG with there being initial support for this new Intel graphics processor more than six months ago. Subsequent updates to the Intel IGDNG support delivered a new shader compiler and other improvements.
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