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Front view of Intel Pentium 538

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 538

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly lower typical power consumption 71.5W vs 98.28W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year vs 37.88 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.65 GHz vs 3.23 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 75 °C vs 69.1 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.43 GHz vs 3.23 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year vs 93.47 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i3 2100

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Intel Core i3 2100

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Jun, 2004 Release date over 6 years later
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads

Features Key features of the Pentium 538  vs Core i3 2100 

clock speed

Pentium 538
3.2 GHz
Core i3 2100
3.1 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Pentium 538
3.65 GHz
Core i3 2100
3.23 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Pentium 538
4.43 GHz
Core i3 2100
3.23 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 538  vs
Core i3 2100 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
478
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit No Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support No 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 88W 65W
Annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year 37.88 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year 93.47 $/year
Typical power consumption 71.5W 98.28W

details

Pentium 538  vs
Core i3 2100 
Architecture x86 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 31
Operating temperature Unknown - 75°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.65 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.43 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.65 GHz 3.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Intel Pentium 538
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