Intel Core i3 4330 

Released July, 2013
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Dual core
6.7 Out of 10

The Intel Core i3-4330 ($148) is currently in the sweet spot for those who want strong CPU performance and low power consumption, but are on a tight budget.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
The problem with integrated graphics as a core component is that while AMD has an undeniable advantage in gaming performance at this price point, serious gamers are going to install a discrete graphics card anyway.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
Explore 3 desktops with the Intel Core i3 4330

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i3 4330 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i3 4330
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i3 4330
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i3 4330
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

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CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i3 4330
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i3 4330
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i3 4330

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 4330
5.86 mHash/s
Core i3 4160
8.95 mHash/s
Core i3 4130
7.77 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 4330
1.34 fps
Core i3 4160
0.94 fps
Core i3 4130
1.08 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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Core i3 4160
Core i3 4130

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

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Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

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GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i3 4130
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GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 4330
4,360,000 MB/s
Core i3 4160
3,620,000 MB/s
Core i3 4130
3,840,000 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i3 4330

If you use standard desktop applications like Microsoft Word, PCMark 7 is more applicable to your use case—and Intel wins that benchmark test decisively.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

While this is only a small improvement, it should still be worth an extra 3 to 5 percent in overall performance.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
A 54W TDP means this core never runs hot, and the integrated GPU is more than sufficient for basic games, Web surfing, and multimedia content.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
The point of a budget CPU is to offer the best general performance in a category, and that's where the Intel Core i3-4330 shines.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)


In PCMark 7, our general application test, the Core i3-4330 was much faster than either of the AMD chips.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
These chips have just 10 execution units (EUs) for handling graphics workloads.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
This is nowhere near as fast as "real" quad-core, but it still improves performance by 10 to 20 percent over a typical dual-core solution without Hyper-Threading running at the same clock speed.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)


First, there are the core counts—AMD positions its quad-core APUs against Intel's dual-core CPUs.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
Which core is a better choice depends on what you intend to do with the system that the CPU is in.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
In gaming, however, the situation is reversed—AMD's integrated graphics core is much faster than anything Intel can offer.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)


When we ran PCMark 8, a test that supports that mode, the tables were turned in terms of performance.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
This means it offers smoother faster performance in common desktop applications.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
Using AVX/AVX2 typically improves performance by 5 to 8 percent over Intel's older Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) instruction set.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)


Our test results show the difficulty AMD often has keeping up with Intel, even when multiple threads are used.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)
Hyper-Threading: While the Core i3-4330 isn't a true quad-core chip, it supports Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, which allows the chip to execute four threads across two physical CPU cores.
by PCMag (Jun, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE4.2
  3. Supplemental SSE3
  4. AVX 2.0
  5. SSE4.1
  6. AVX
  7. SSE
  8. SSE4
  9. AES
  10. SSE3
  11. SSE2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 47.3 $/year
Performance per watt 14.81 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.88W


Architecture DMI 2.0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Max CPUs 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,259.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.65 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB
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