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Intel Core i3 330M

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 89,200 MB/s vs 52.3 MB/s More than 1705.5x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,687 vs 1,441 More than 85% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 2.13 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Better performance per watt 2.8 pt/W vs 0.63 pt/W Around 4.5x better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.58 GHz vs 2.34 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.71 GHz vs 2.13 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 330M vs Athlon X2 3600+

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 330M
89,200 MB/s
Athlon X2 3600+
52.3 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 330M  vs
Athlon X2 3600+ 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
BGA 1288
939
AM2
754
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.8 pt/W 0.63 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Core i3 330M  vs
Athlon X2 3600+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.34 GHz 2.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.13 GHz 2.71 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 713.7 627.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.34 GHz 2.58 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 500 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 667 MHz N/A
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