CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 650 vs 3330


Benchmark performance using all cores

PassMark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Intel Core i5 3330 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 650

Reasons to consider the
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Higher turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 3.43 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher GPU clock speed 733 MHz vs 650 MHz Around 15% higher GPU clock speed
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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better 3DMark11 physics score 3,950 vs 3,070 Around 30% better 3DMark11 physics score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Lower typical power consumption 72.31W vs 100.23W Around 30% lower typical power consumption
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,384 MB Supports 2x more RAM
Better PassMark score 5,905 vs 3,142 Around 90% better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,697 vs 1,320 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 8,963 vs 4,902 Around 85% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year vs 37.54 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Better performance per watt 6.93 pt/W vs 4.09 pt/W Around 70% better performance per watt
Better performance per dollar 4.06 pt/$ vs 3.35 pt/$ More than 20% better performance per dollar
Lower annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year vs 96.89 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 650 vs 3330

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs


Core i5 650
Core i5 3330

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 650  vs
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1156
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 73W 77W
Annual home energy cost 37.54 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.89 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 4.09 pt/W 6.93 pt/W
Peak power consumption 110.6W 89W
Typical power consumption 100.23W 72.31W


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


Core i5 650  vs
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 30
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclock popularity 21 2
Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 3.43 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 3.43 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 733 MHz 650 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 32,768 MB
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