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Front view of Intel Core i3 550

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Intel Core i3 550

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.54 GHz vs 2.65 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 65 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 2.62 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 2100T

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Much 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
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 59.31W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,773.12 MB Supports more than 95% more RAM
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 63.95 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 17.59 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Apr, 2010 Release date 9 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 550 vs 2100T

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 550
128,500 MB/s
Core i3 2100T
125,100 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 550  vs
2100T 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.5 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 35W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.98 pt/W 4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 28.44W

bus

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

details

Core i3 550  vs
2100T 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 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 24 25
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 65°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.54 GHz 2.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 2.62 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.54 GHz 2.65 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 650 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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