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Intel Core i3 540

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 540

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 540

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Much higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 2.2x higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 40 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 3.2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,220 vs 398 More than 3x better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 2,694 vs 716 More than 3.8x better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Much lower typical power consumption 14.63W vs 94.67W 6.5x lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 90 °C vs 72.6 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.34 $/year vs 35.75 $/year 8.2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 15.77 $/year vs 91.1 $/year 5.8x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Better performance per watt 2.05 pt/W vs 1.24 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 540 vs G G-T48E

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 540
2,694
G G-T48E
716

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 540
1,220
G G-T48E
398

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
G G-T48E 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 1.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 540  vs
G G-T48E 
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 40 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 90°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 1.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 18W
Annual home energy cost 35.75 $/year 4.34 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 15.77 $/year
Performance per watt 1.24 pt/W 2.05 pt/W
Typical power consumption 94.67W 14.63W
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