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Intel Core i3 3240

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3240

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Intel Core i3 3240

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 3.5x higher clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,519 vs 678 Around 8.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 40 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 276 MHz More than 2.2x higher GPU clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,760 vs 265 Around 6.8x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,507 vs 722 Around 7.8x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 85.9 fps vs 29.59 fps Around 3x better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
Slightly more l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 7.31W vs 44.69W 6.1x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 2.17 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 6.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 7.88 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 6.1x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240 vs AMD C 50

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3240
4.06 mHash/s
AMD C 50
4.04 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3240
85.9 fps
AMD C 50
29.59 fps

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 3240
177,600 MB/s
AMD C 50
32,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
AMD C 50 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3

details

Core i3 3240  vs
AMD C 50 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 40 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 5
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 90°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6250
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 276 MHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 9W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 2.17 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 7.88 $/year
Performance per watt 2.67 pt/W 3.24 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 7.31W
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