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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 330M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 330M

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,687 vs 859 Around 3.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 72.31W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Nov, 2003 Release date over 6 years later
Better performance per watt 2.8 pt/W vs 0.57 pt/W Around 5x better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 21.44 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 77.96 $/year 2.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better PassMark score 1,793 vs 603 Around 3x better PassMark score
Front view of AMD Opteron 148

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AMD Opteron 148

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Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.8 GHz vs 2.34 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 330M vs Opteron 148

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 330M  vs
Opteron 148 
Clock speed 2.13 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
BGA 1288
939
940

features

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

details

Core i3 330M  vs
Opteron 148 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 16 11

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.34 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.13 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.34 GHz 2.8 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 89W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 2.8 pt/W 0.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 72.31W
Intel Core i3 330M
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AMD Opteron 148
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