Average Bench: 45.9% (920th of 1452)

Based on 24,563 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 33%Average: 45.9% Great: 52%
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 54.1% 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. Memory Latency 63.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 66.8Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 18.5%. 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 Speed 170Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 169Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,563 samples)
Min Avg Max
47.3 Memory 63.5 72.1
42.7 1-Core 66.8 75.8
69.2 2-Core 117 147
49.6% 82.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
101 4-Core 165 190
110 8-Core 169 190
22.2% 167 Pts
Min Avg Max
108 64-Core 170 191
10.5% 170 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.9
1-Core 68.8
2-Core 128
53% 88.8 Pts
4-Core 170
8-Core 173
23% 172 Pts
64-Core 157
10% 157 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.6
1-Core 75.5
2-Core 137
55% 93 Pts
4-Core 178
8-Core 181
24% 180 Pts
64-Core 180
11% 180 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 65.6
1-Core 74.6
2-Core 90.7
49% 77 Pts
4-Core 178
8-Core 154
23% 166 Pts
64-Core 170
10% 170 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 63
1-Core 74.7
2-Core 145
54% 94.2 Pts
4-Core 182
8-Core 176
24% 179 Pts
64-Core 183
11% 183 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.6
1-Core 58
2-Core 89.5
46% 72 Pts
4-Core 94.7
8-Core 118
14% 106 Pts
64-Core 177
11% 177 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 57.3
1-Core 75.7
2-Core 131
51% 88 Pts
4-Core 159
8-Core 158
21% 158 Pts
64-Core 159
10% 159 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 58.2
1-Core 69.5
2-Core 115
48% 80.8 Pts
4-Core 149
8-Core 138
20% 144 Pts
64-Core 134
8% 134 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 59.4
1-Core 65
2-Core 106
46% 76.7 Pts
4-Core 136
8-Core 156
19% 146 Pts
64-Core 157
10% 157 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 57
1-Core 49
2-Core 68.4
38% 58.1 Pts
4-Core 112
8-Core 111
15% 111 Pts
64-Core 82.7
5% 82.7 Pts
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 45%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 2%
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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $88

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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

5 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

5 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

4 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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