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Front view of Intel Core i3 530

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 530

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 3.42 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 B73

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AMD Phenom II X3 B73

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Much 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
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 92.5W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 35.3 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 88.48 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 530 vs Phenom II X3 B73

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
Phenom II X3 B73
113,050 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 530  vs
Phenom II X3 B73 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 73W 95W
Annual home energy cost 35.3 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 88.48 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.21 pt/W 1.33 pt/W
Typical power consumption 92.5W 77.19W

details

Core i3 530  vs
Phenom II X3 B73 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.8 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 73°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 3.42 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 3.42 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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