CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2100 vs 740 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon X4 740 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Athlon X4 740  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 2100

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 2100

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.23 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X4 740

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X4 740

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 98.28W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.21 GHz vs 3.23 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 73 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 37.88 $/year 2.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 93.47 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 2100 vs Athlon X4 740

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 2100
153,100 MB/s
Athlon X4 740
2,030,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2100  vs
Athlon X4 740 
Clock speed 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 37.88 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 93.47 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.41 pt/W 12.36 pt/W
Typical power consumption 98.28W 52.81W

details

Core i3 2100  vs
Athlon X4 740 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 73°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 101 13
Overclock review score 4.5 0
Overclocked clock speed 3.23 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.23 GHz 3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.23 GHz 4.21 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Intel Core i3 2100
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AMD Athlon X4 740
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