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Front view of Intel Core i3 530

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 530

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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 more l3 cache 4 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 4 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better PassMark score 2,584 vs 438 Around 6x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,112 vs 512 Around 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 3,755 vs 682 More than 5.5x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 2.57 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better performance per watt 1.21 pt/W vs 0.42 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 2 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz vs 2.13 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 70 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2010 vs May, 2004 Release date over 5 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon 2800+

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AMD Athlon 2800+

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Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 72.31W vs 92.5W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year vs 35.3 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year vs 88.48 $/year More than 10% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 530 vs Athlon 2800+

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 530  vs
Athlon 2800+ 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1156
754
462
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 73W 89W
Annual home energy cost 35.3 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 88.48 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 1.21 pt/W 0.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 92.5W 72.31W

details

Core i3 530  vs
Athlon 2800+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 13 1
Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 2.57 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 2.57 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 733 MHz N/A
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