CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3240 vs 1055T 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

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3240 

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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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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 2.67 pt/W vs 0.94 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 54.4 $/year 4.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 165.56 $/year 3.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 62 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Sep, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.95 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.02 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240 vs Phenom II X6 1055T

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
Phenom II X6 1055T
133,900 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
Phenom II X6 1055T 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3
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
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
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
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
DDR2
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s

details

Core i3 3240  vs
Phenom II X6 1055T 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 14
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 227
Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.95 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 4.02 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,313.1 2,085.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 3.95 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 125W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 54.4 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 165.56 $/year
Performance per watt 2.67 pt/W 0.94 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W N/A

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 4,000 MT/s
Intel Core i3 3240
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