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Intel Core i3 540

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Front view of Intel Core i3 540

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.26 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.32 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly more l3 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Slightly better PassMark score 2,694 vs 1,727 More than 55% better PassMark score
Slightly better performance per dollar 1.07 pt/$ vs 1.01 pt/$ More than 5% better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz vs 2.27 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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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
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 91.1 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 540 vs Celeron G1101

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
Celeron G1101 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 2.26 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156

features

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

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
Performance per watt 1.24 pt/W 0.97 pt/W
Typical power consumption 94.67W 59.31W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Core i3 540  vs
Celeron G1101 
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
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 3.32 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 2.27 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 3.32 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
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,773.12 MB 16,384 MB
Intel Core i3 540
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