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Intel Core i3 3240

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3240

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3240

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3240

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 1.73 GHz More than 95% higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,760 vs 503 Around 3.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark score 4,309 vs 323 More than 13.2x better PassMark score
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Better performance per watt 2.67 pt/W vs 0.62 pt/W More than 4.2x better performance per watt
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 1.73 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon MP 2100+ vs the Intel Core i3 3240.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240 vs Athlon MP 2100+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
Athlon MP 2100+ 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 1.73 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
462
563

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 3240  vs
Athlon MP 2100+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 1.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 2.13 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 56.4W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 13.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 49.41 $/year
Performance per watt 2.67 pt/W 0.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 45.83W
Intel Core i3 3240
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