Average Bench: 47.3% (860th of 1358)

Based on 24,057 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 35%Average: 47.3% Great: 53%
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 52.6% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 64.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 68.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 17.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3 540 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 181Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 179Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,057 samples)
Min Avg Max
49.5 Memory 64.4 72.2
46.5 1-Core 68.9 76
79.4 2-Core 122 149
52% 85 Pts
Min Avg Max
104 4-Core 176 198
123 8-Core 179 198
24.2% 178 Pts
Min Avg Max
121 64-Core 181 200
12.2% 181 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 73.1
1-Core 70.9
2-Core 133
57% 92.3 Pts
4-Core 195
8-Core 199
27% 197 Pts
64-Core 198
13% 198 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 71.5
1-Core 73.2
2-Core 141
58% 95.2 Pts
4-Core 194
8-Core 196
27% 195 Pts
64-Core 195
13% 195 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.2
1-Core 75.8
2-Core 125
56% 90.3 Pts
4-Core 196
8-Core 194
27% 195 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.9
1-Core 75
2-Core 150
58% 98.1 Pts
4-Core 196
8-Core 196
27% 196 Pts
64-Core 199
13% 199 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.3
1-Core 70.2
2-Core 122
54% 86.9 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 190
26% 188 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.1
1-Core 68.2
2-Core 110
52% 82.8 Pts
4-Core 168
8-Core 104
20% 136 Pts
64-Core 185
12% 185 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 66.6
1-Core 62
2-Core 107
49% 78.6 Pts
4-Core 151
8-Core 165
21% 158 Pts
64-Core 155
10% 155 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 56.4
1-Core 51.2
2-Core 99.5
42% 69 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 194
26% 190 Pts
64-Core 185
12% 185 Pts
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 Prices

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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 52,988 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 46%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 2%
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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $84

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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

 Comments

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8 months ago.

Have in 2010 iMac and runs great with 128gb SSD (actually boots quicker than base model 2019 iMac).


Excellent

3 years ago.

I am gamer and I see that this processor is good for gaming I play games like fortnite. This processor is very good for games like fortnite.


Average

3 years ago.

Good value. I bought mine secondhand and it cost me 15 NZD, 5 of which was for shipping. Haven't benchmarked, but an increased clock speed is handy for web browsing and light gaming.


Good

2 years ago.

This hyperthreaded dual core Clarkdale processor was great for most users as this CPU comes very cheap and offered strong performance for that price. Still worth it today albeit for light gaming and modern basic tasks.


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