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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 2.1 GHz More than 60% higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per dollar 1.13 pt/$ vs 0.59 pt/$ More than 90% better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,760 vs 1,127 More than 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Better PassMark score 4,309 vs 2,839 More than 50% better PassMark score
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Intel Core i3 2310E

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 55% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 44.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 3.46 pt/W vs 2.67 pt/W Around 30% better performance per watt
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 13.25 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 48.18 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240 vs 2310E

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240  vs
2310E 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
BGA 1023
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 35W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 2.67 pt/W 3.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i3 3240  vs
2310E 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 2.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,998.4 MB
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