Average Bench: 38.1% (530th of 1128)

Based on 7,706 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 28%Average: 38.1% Great: 42%
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 61.8% 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 68.2Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 13.7%. 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 181Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 177Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,706 samples)
Min Avg Max
49.8 SC Int 65.6 72.1
52.3 SC Float 71.3 77.8
48.4 SC Mixed 68.2 75
54.7% 68.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
113 QC Int 164 182
120 QC Float 177 195
119 QC Mixed 172 191
38.8% 171 Pts
Min Avg Max
130 MC Int 169 183
133 MC Float 181 196
129 MC Mixed 177 192
26.4% 176 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 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 67.8
SC Float 76.6
SC Mixed 74.4
58% 72.9 Pts
QC Int 181
QC Float 191
QC Mixed 186
42% 186 Pts
MC Int 176
MC Float 194
MC Mixed 185
28% 185 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.1 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 69
SC Float 77.3
SC Mixed 73.3
58% 73.2 Pts
QC Int 180
QC Float 191
QC Mixed 187
42% 186 Pts
MC Int 177
MC Float 194
MC Mixed 188
28% 186 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 70
SC Float 75.4
SC Mixed 73.4
58% 72.9 Pts
QC Int 178
QC Float 189
QC Mixed 186
42% 184 Pts
MC Int 178
MC Float 184
MC Mixed 175
27% 179 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 68.9
SC Float 75.1
SC Mixed 72.5
58% 72.2 Pts
QC Int 180
QC Float 192
QC Mixed 185
42% 186 Pts
MC Int 179
MC Float 191
MC Mixed 188
28% 186 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 69.2
SC Float 76.6
SC Mixed 67.8
57% 71.2 Pts
QC Int 174
QC Float 191
QC Mixed 186
42% 184 Pts
MC Int 170
MC Float 190
MC Mixed 187
27% 183 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 70.2
SC Float 76.4
SC Mixed 66.9
57% 71.2 Pts
QC Int 176
QC Float 192
QC Mixed 185
42% 184 Pts
MC Int 180
MC Float 190
MC Mixed 188
28% 186 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 61.2
SC Float 71.3
SC Mixed 55.9
50% 62.8 Pts
QC Int 79.1
QC Float 144
QC Mixed 110
25% 111 Pts
MC Int 157
MC Float 163
MC Mixed 134
23% 151 Pts
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 27,469 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 43%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $265

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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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