4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.1GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

2 Cores, 4 Threads @3.3 GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 189,882 user samples
129,560 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% Base clock 3.1 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 54% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 2.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 54% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 314th / 1275
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 72%
Workstation 51%
60,322 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 65% Base clock 3.3 GHz
Worst Bench: 46% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 46% Great: 65%
SPEED RANK: 504th / 1275
Gaming 59%
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 41%
Speed boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
68.9 % Faster effective speed.
58.6 %
Avg. Memory Latency
85.6 Pts +3% 83.4 Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
82.8 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
78.2 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
162 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
136 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
303 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
197 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
202 Pts
OC Memory Latency
92.1 Pts +0% 92 Pts
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
88.9 Pts +2% 86.9 Pts
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
173 Pts +4% 166 Pts
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
337 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
223 Pts
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
337 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
223 Pts
Market Share
Based on 38,719,415 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.45 % Hugely higher market share.
0.2 %
Value For Money
98.8 % Much better value.
71.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % More popular.
53 %
Price (score)
$75 Much cheaper.
120 Months 84+ Months Much more recent.
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
340 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
224 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
308 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
203 Pts
6 MB SmartCache 3 MB SmartCache
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$178.00 $113.00 - $120.00
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology ‡
2.0 No
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
Yes No
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
Yes No
AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No

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Pros: Brilliant value for money. Cons: It's not the 2400k which can be had for just a tiny bit more and offers a lot more flexibility in terms of overclocking. [Apr '12 CPUPro]


It's good for office work and other general office tasks. My school has dozens of Dell Optiplexes with this processor within them. Paired with an SSD or 7200 RPM Hard Drive, it makes the machine the go-to choice for schools on a budget. [Feb '20 Drakorvich]


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