Average Bench: 38.6% (515th of 1110)

Based on 7,516 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 30%Average: 38.6% Great: 42%
Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 61.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Single Core Floating Point Speed 71.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 69.3Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 12.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3 540 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 186Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 180Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,516 samples)
Min Avg Max
49.9 SC Int 67.5 77.6
55 SC Float 71.3 80.2
52.3 SC Mixed 69.3 76.8
55.5% 69.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
119 QC Int 164 182
132 QC Float 181 199
126 QC Mixed 174 192
39.2% 173 Pts
Min Avg Max
134 MC Int 170 188
146 MC Float 186 203
139 MC Mixed 180 198
26.7% 179 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 87.8
SC Float 91
SC Mixed 90.1
72% 89.6 Pts
QC Int 215
QC Float 236
QC Mixed 228
51% 226 Pts
MC Int 215
MC Float 235
MC Mixed 229
34% 226 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 69.4
SC Float 75.6
SC Mixed 72.1
58% 72.4 Pts
QC Int 177
QC Float 195
QC Mixed 189
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 181
MC Float 198
MC Mixed 190
28% 190 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 71
SC Float 75.8
SC Mixed 72.5
58% 73.1 Pts
QC Int 178
QC Float 197
QC Mixed 187
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 180
MC Float 197
MC Mixed 191
28% 190 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 69.1
SC Float 72.2
SC Mixed 69.2
56% 70.2 Pts
QC Int 167
QC Float 187
QC Mixed 178
40% 177 Pts
MC Int 167
MC Float 182
MC Mixed 182
26% 177 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 63.4
SC Float 67.1
SC Mixed 68.9
53% 66.5 Pts
QC Int 172
QC Float 187
QC Mixed 173
40% 177 Pts
MC Int 158
MC Float 185
MC Mixed 178
26% 173 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 64.5
SC Float 70.4
SC Mixed 66.9
54% 67.3 Pts
QC Int 160
QC Float 176
QC Mixed 164
38% 166 Pts
MC Int 156
MC Float 165
MC Mixed 155
24% 158 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 22.4
SC Float 25.6
SC Mixed 23.6
19% 23.9 Pts
QC Int 70.2
QC Float 77.7
QC Mixed 77
17% 75 Pts
MC Int 97.1
MC Float 112
MC Mixed 82.2
14% 97 Pts
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 23,018 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $198

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-540 Processor (4M Cache, 3.06 GHz)
Code NameClarkdale
Launch DateQ1'10
Processor Numberi3-540
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache4 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.6500V-1.4000V
Recommended Price$109.00 - $117.00
Clock Speed3.06 GHz
Bus Speed2.5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP73 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Graphics Base Frequency733 MHz
# of Displays Supported2
Clear Video HD TechYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16, 2x8
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechYes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography45 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1156
Processing Die Size81 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors382 million
Graphics and IMC Die Size114 mm2
# of Graphics and IMC Die Transistors177 million

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

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