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Front view of Intel Core i3 550

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.26 GHz More than 40% 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) 4.54 GHz vs 3.32 GHz More than 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
Better performance per dollar 1.24 pt/$ vs 1.01 pt/$ Around 25% better performance per dollar
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 2,834 vs 1,727 Around 65% better PassMark score
Better performance per watt 1.98 pt/W vs 0.97 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 2.27 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Apr, 2010 vs Jan, 2010 Release date 3 months later
Front view of Intel Celeron G1101

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 550 vs Celeron G1101

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 550  vs
Celeron G1101 
Clock speed 3.2 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 17.59 $/year 17.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 63.95 $/year
Performance per watt 1.98 pt/W 0.97 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 59.31W

bus

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

details

Core i3 550  vs
Celeron G1101 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 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 4.54 GHz 3.32 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 2.27 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.54 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 550
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