Intel Core i3 550 

Released April, 2010
  • 3.2 GHz
  • Dual core
7.3 Out of 10

An average, or even beginner overclocker can easily OC an 530 or an 540 to perform exactly the same as this 550.
by Wnivre (Nov, 2011)
This CPU is recommended for users whom do not intend to do any overclocking.
by Wnivre (Nov, 2011)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i3 550 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i3 550
5.6
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i3 550
5.5
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i3 550
n.d.
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i3 550
n.d.
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i3 550
6.4
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i3 550
8.3
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i3 550
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i3 550

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 550
1,820
Core i3 2120
2,136
Core i3 2100
2,115

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 550
4,220
Core i3 2120
5,074
Core i3 2100
4,786

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 550
2,011
Core i3 2120
2,371
Core i3 2100
2,258

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 550
128,500 MB/s
Core i3 2120
162,800 MB/s
Core i3 2100
153,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 550
4,118
Core i3 2120
5,008
Core i3 2100
4,738

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 550
4,562
Core i3 2120
5,421
Core i3 2100
5,042

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 550
2,838
Core i3 2120
3,889
Core i3 2100
3,650

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 550
1,299
Core i3 2120
1,686
Core i3 2100
1,582

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i3 550


6.6
The heatsinks are the same.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

The reason for this is that the plausible performance reachable is exactly the same as that from the 540 and the 530 alike; they are the same CPUs, only with slightly different stock multipliers.
by Wnivre (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type LGA 1156
Is unlocked No

features

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

integrated graphics

GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 733 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1333
  2. DDR3-1066
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,773.12 MB

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 24
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 17
Overclock review score 2
Overclocked clock speed 4.53 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,830.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year
Performance per watt 2.01 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W

bus

Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s
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