CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3556U vs 3217U

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU), Passmark and GeekBench (32-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

How does CPUBoss rank the features of each product?

Features and specifications that differ between products

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Power Consumption and Features

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Intel Core i3 3217U 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 3556U

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Intel Pentium 3556U

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

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
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
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 PassMark score 2,298 vs 1,612 Around 45% better PassMark score

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

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
Is hyperthreaded No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

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
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1600
DDR3
DDR3RS-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/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 nms 22 nms
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

power consumption

TDP 15W 17W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 18.21 pt/W 20.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 13.81W

bus

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