CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3556U vs 3217U among laptop CPUs

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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Pentium 3556U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Pentium 3556U  based on its single-core performance and power consumption.

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Front view of Intel Pentium 3556U

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 3556U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 3556U

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Newer Jul, 2013 vs Jun, 2012 Release date over a year later
Front view of Intel Core i3 3217U

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Intel Core i3 3217U

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More l3 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Higher GPU clock speed 350 MHz vs 200 MHz 75% higher GPU clock speed
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Slightly better turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 5% better turbo clock speed
Slightly better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 0.86 fps vs 0.59 fps More than 45% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 3556U vs Core i3 3217U

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium 3556U
3.67 mHash/s
Core i3 3217U
10.79 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Pentium 3556U
6.53 mPixels/s
Core i3 3217U
7.22 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium 3556U
0.59 fps
Core i3 3217U
0.86 fps

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

Pentium 3556U
96,700 MB/s
Core i3 3217U
93,600 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 3556U  vs
Core i3 3217U 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
BGA 1168
BGA 1023
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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 15W 17W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 8.8 pt/W 9.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 13.81W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Pentium 3556U  vs
Core i3 3217U 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 17 18

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label HD (Haswell) Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
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