CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 540 vs 2100 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

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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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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 540 vs the 2100.

Front view of Intel Core i3 2100

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Intel Core i3 2100

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Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,773.12 MB Supports more than 95% more RAM

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 540 vs 2100

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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
Core i3 2100
153,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 540  vs
2100 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 73W 65W
Annual home energy cost 35.75 $/year 37.88 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.1 $/year 93.47 $/year
Performance per watt 1.24 pt/W 1.41 pt/W
Idle power consumption 66.7W 73W
Peak power consumption 104W 106.7W
Typical power consumption 94.67W 98.28W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i3 540  vs
2100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 31
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 26 101
Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 3.22 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 3.22 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 733 MHz 850 MHz

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 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,773.12 MB 32,768 MB
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