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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4430S

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of Intel Core i3 4170

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Much higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Much better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.8 GHz vs 3.15 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Lower typical power consumption 43.88W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.83 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly higher Maximum operating temperature 72 °C vs 71.35 °C Almost the same
Newer Jan, 2015 vs Apr, 2013 Release date over 1 years later
Lower annual home energy cost 13.01 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 47.3 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4430S vs i3 4170

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 i5 4430S
3,450,000 MB/s
Core i3 4170
2,980,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4430S  vs
i3 4170 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
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
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 54W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 47.3 $/year
Performance per watt 12.84 pt/W 15.43 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 43.88W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i5 4430S  vs
i3 4170 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.35°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.15 GHz 3.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz 3.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.15 GHz 3.8 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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