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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
Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.69 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Jun, 2004 Release date over 5 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Celeron D 335

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Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 94.67W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 35.75 $/year 2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 91.1 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i3 540  vs Celeron D 335 

clock speed

Core i3 540
3.06 GHz
Celeron D 335
2.8 GHz

L2 cache

Celeron D 335
0.25 MB

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i3 540
4.47 GHz
Celeron D 335
3.69 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i3 540
3.07 GHz
Celeron D 335
2.8 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
Celeron D 335 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1156
478

features

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

power consumption

TDP 73W 73W
Annual home energy cost 35.75 $/year 17.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 63.95 $/year
Typical power consumption 94.67W 59.31W

bus

Architecture DMI FSB
Number of links 1 1

details

Core i3 540  vs
Celeron D 335 
Architecture x86-64 x86
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 125,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 21
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 1.25 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 67°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.69 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Intel Core i3 540
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