Average Bench: 36.8% (581st of 1206)

Based on 14,236 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 26%Average: 36.8% Great: 41%
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 63.1% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 68.2Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 121Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 14.9%. 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 175Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 174Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,236 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.6 1-Core 68.2 74.8
82.3 2-Core 121 146
45.3% 94.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
107 4-Core 171 190
121 8-Core 174 191
23.5% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
126 64-Core 175 191
11.7% 175 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
XU1 PROCESSOR, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 73.7
2-Core 147
52% 110 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 187
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 63.1
2-Core 118
43% 90.6 Pts
4-Core 188
8-Core 189
26% 189 Pts
64-Core 188
13% 188 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 67.7
2-Core 116
44% 91.6 Pts
4-Core 170
8-Core 172
23% 171 Pts
64-Core 174
12% 174 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 66.6
2-Core 112
43% 89.1 Pts
4-Core 160
8-Core 174
22% 167 Pts
64-Core 172
12% 172 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 47.9
2-Core 137
41% 92.4 Pts
4-Core 170
8-Core 130
21% 150 Pts
64-Core 161
11% 161 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 66.6
2-Core 85.6
39% 76.1 Pts
4-Core 135
8-Core 116
18% 126 Pts
64-Core 153
10% 153 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 51.9
2-Core 96.9
35% 74.4 Pts
4-Core 120
8-Core 121
16% 120 Pts
64-Core 88.4
6% 88.4 Pts
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 51,088 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $302

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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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Excellent

13 months 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

8 months 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

1 month 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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