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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500T

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500T

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Much better turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 20% better turbo clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 69.8 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 44.69W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 48.18 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 13.25 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i3 3240

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Intel Core i3 3240

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz vs 3.07 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500T vs i3 3240

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500T  vs
i3 3240 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 45W 55W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 4.12 pt/W 2.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 44.69W

bus

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

details

Core i5 2500T  vs
i3 3240 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.8°C Unknown - 65.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.07 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.07 GHz 3.5 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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