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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4590T

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4590T

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much higher GPU clock speed 350 MHz vs 200 MHz 75% higher GPU clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Front view of Intel Core i3 4170T

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Intel Core i3 4170T

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 60% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 66.4 °C vs 66.35 °C Almost the same
Newer Jan, 2015 vs Feb, 2014 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4590T vs i3 4170T

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 4590T
3,340,000 MB/s
Core i3 4170T
3,640 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4590T  vs
i3 4170T 
Clock speed 2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
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
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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

details

Core i5 4590T  vs
i3 4170T 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.35°C Unknown - 66.4°C

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 200 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz 1,150 MHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 23.11 pt/W 4.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
Intel Core i5 4590T
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