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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 newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 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
Higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l3 cache per core
More l3 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,947 vs 1,207 More than 60% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,078 vs 2,256 More than 80% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.41 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 55 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 3 years later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Slightly better performance per watt 1.24 pt/W vs 0.59 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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AMD Opteron 1218

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Significantly 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
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 83.69W vs 94.67W More than 10% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 24.81 $/year vs 35.75 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 540 vs Opteron 1218

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 540
123,300 MB/s
Opteron 1218
155.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
Opteron 1218 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes 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 103W
Annual home energy cost 35.75 $/year 24.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 90.23 $/year
Performance per watt 1.24 pt/W 0.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 94.67W 83.69W

details

Core i3 540  vs
Opteron 1218 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 13
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 1 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.41 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.41 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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