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Intel Core i3 370M

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
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
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better performance per watt 3.12 pt/W vs 1.79 pt/W Around 75% better performance per watt
Newer Jun, 2010 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
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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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.48 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 370M vs Athlon II X2 250

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 370M
101,000 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 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 370M  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
BGA 1288
rPGA 988A
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
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 3.12 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Core i3 370M  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.48 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.48 GHz 3.72 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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