Intel Core i3 4330 

Released July, 2013
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Dual core
7.9 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)

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

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i3 4330
7.4
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i3 4330
9.4
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i3 4330
6.6
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i3 4330
7.4
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i3 4330
8.6
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i3 4330
6.0
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i3 4330
7.9

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 4170
8.92 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 4170
0.89 fps
Core i3 4130
1.08 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 4330
2,683
Core i3 4130
2,610

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 4330
3,074
Core i3 4130
2,403

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 4330
5,558
Core i3 4130
4,736

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 4330
6,730
Core i3 4130
6,330
Core i3 4170
6,611

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 4330
3,216
Core i3 4130
2,982
Core i3 4170
3,027

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 4330
4,360,000 MB/s
Core i3 4170
2,980,000 MB/s
Core i3 4130
3,840,000 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i3 4330


8.0
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)

Socket

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)

Multicore

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)

Performance

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)

Threads

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

summary

Clock speed 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core
Is unlocked No

features

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

TDP 54W
Annual home energy cost 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 47.3 $/year
Performance per watt 15.49 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.88W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s

details

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

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.66 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,259.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.66 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU
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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