CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 650 vs 540 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

1.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 650 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Core i3 540 vs the Core i5 650.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 650 vs i3 540

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 650
1,826
Core i3 540
1,778

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
4,709
Core i3 540
4,078

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
2,168
Core i3 540
1,947

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
1,550,000 MB/s
Core i3 540
123,300 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
4,675
Core i3 540
3,934

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
4,902
Core i3 540
4,362

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 650
3,116
Core i3 540
2,694

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 650
1,319
Core i3 540
1,220

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 650  vs
i3 540 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156
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
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 733 MHz 733 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 16,773.12 MB

details

Core i5 650  vs
i3 540 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 23
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 21 26
Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.08 GHz 3.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 4.47 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 73W
Annual home energy cost 37.54 $/year 35.75 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.89 $/year 91.1 $/year
Performance per watt 4.67 pt/W 1.24 pt/W
Idle power consumption 69.1W 66.7W
Peak power consumption 110.6W 104W
Typical power consumption 100.22W 94.67W

bus

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