CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of N3540 vs 6100U among all 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

8.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 6100U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 6100U  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium N3540

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium N3540

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Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 62,600 MB/s vs 3,170 MB/s Around 19.8x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of Intel Core i3 6100U

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Intel Core i3 6100U

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 20.99 mPixels/s vs 1.1 mPixels/s More than 19x better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Better turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 896 MHz More than 10% better turbo clock speed
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 39.3 vs 25.7 Around 55% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jul, 2014 Release date a year later
Better PassMark score 3,873 vs 1,947 Around 2x better PassMark score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium N3540 vs Core i3 6100U

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium N3540
1.84 mHash/s
Core i3 6100U
28.14 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Pentium N3540
1.1 mPixels/s
Core i3 6100U
20.99 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium N3540
0.13 fps
Core i3 6100U
-1 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 N3540
62,600 MB/s
Core i3 6100U
3,170 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium N3540  vs
Core i3 6100U 
Clock speed 2.16 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 7.5W 15W
Annual home energy cost 1.81 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 6.57 $/year 13.14 $/year
Performance per watt 8.28 pt/W 7.91 pt/W
Typical power consumption 6.09W 12.19W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1

details

Pentium N3540  vs
Core i3 6100U 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.64 GHz 2.31 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.17 GHz 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.64 GHz 2.31 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 520
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 313 MHz 300 MHz
Turbo clock speed 896 MHz 1,000 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3L-1600
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 8,192 MB 32,768 MB
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