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Front view of Intel Core i3 3240T

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3240T

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Much higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 80% higher clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,228 vs 873 More than 4.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,524 vs 252 More than 6x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,491 vs 955 Around 4.8x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better performance per dollar 1.16 pt/$ vs 0.7 pt/$ More than 65% better performance per dollar
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.04 GHz vs 2.05 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Sep, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 80% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Atom 330

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 6.5W vs 28.44W 4.4x lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 85.2 °C vs 65 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 1.93 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 4.4x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 7.01 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 4.4x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3240T vs Atom 330

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 3240T
151,400 MB/s
Atom 330
25,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3240T  vs
Atom 330 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
437

features

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

power consumption

TDP 35W 8W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 1.93 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 7.01 $/year
Performance per watt 3.88 pt/W 3.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 6.5W

details

Core i3 3240T  vs
Atom 330 
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
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 29 12
Operating temperature Unknown - 65°C Unknown - 85.2°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.04 GHz 2.05 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.04 GHz 2.05 GHz

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

bus

Architecture DMI FSB
Number of links 1 1
Intel Core i3 3240T
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