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Front view of Intel Core i3 540

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Intel Core i3 540

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More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD A4 6300B

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Much higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.06 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 94.67W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 35.75 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 72.6 °C Almost the same
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 91.1 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 3 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 540 vs A4 6300B

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 540
2,694
A4 6300B
2,098

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 540
1,220
A4 6300B
1,397

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
A4 6300B 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3

details

Core i3 540  vs
A4 6300B 
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
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 74°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Radeon™ HD 8370D
GPU clock speed 733 MHz 760 MHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 65W
Annual home energy cost 35.75 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.24 pt/W 1.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 94.67W 52.81W
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