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Front view of Intel Core i3 530

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 530

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Much more l3 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 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
Much better PassMark score 2,584 vs 1,334 Around 95% better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 1.21 pt/W vs 0.87 pt/W Around 40% better performance per watt
Higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 3.26 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l3 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 68 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 80% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5200B

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AMD Athlon X2 5200B

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 92.5W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 35.3 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 88.48 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 530 vs Athlon X2 5200B

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 530
123,800 MB/s
Athlon X2 5200B
73.75 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 530  vs
Athlon X2 5200B 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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 73W 65W
Annual home energy cost 35.3 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 88.48 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.21 pt/W 0.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 92.5W 52.81W

details

Core i3 530  vs
Athlon X2 5200B 
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 4 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 68°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz 2.7 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,953.6 1,554.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 3.26 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
Intel Core i3 530
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