CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3240 vs 6300 among desktop CPUs

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

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 6300 

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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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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 62.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD FX 6300

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AMD FX 6300

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x 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 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.4 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240 vs FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3240
5,507
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3240
2,516
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3240
177,600 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3240
5,519
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3240
5,821
FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

Core i3 3240
6,895
FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3240
4,309
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3240
1,760
FX 6300
1,446

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3+
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
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s

details

Core i3 3240  vs
FX 6300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 1 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 20
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 62.5°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 82
Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 4.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 4.82 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,313.1 7,541
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 4.75 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.67 pt/W 9.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W
Intel Core i3 3240
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