Average Bench: 47.2% (840th of 1335)

Based on 24,127 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 34%Average: 47.2% Great: 52%
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 52.7% 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 64.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 68.4Pts

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 Mixed Speed 177Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 175Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,127 samples)
Min Avg Max
49.2 Memory 64.9 72.4
47.4 1-Core 68.4 75.8
78.9 2-Core 121 147
52% 84.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
105 4-Core 172 196
122 8-Core 175 197
23.7% 174 Pts
Min Avg Max
125 64-Core 177 198
11.9% 177 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 4.05 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.9
1-Core 91
2-Core 178
68% 115 Pts
4-Core 233
8-Core 234
32% 233 Pts
64-Core 240
16% 240 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 74.5
1-Core 90.7
2-Core 153
64% 106 Pts
4-Core 225
8-Core 226
31% 226 Pts
64-Core 234
16% 234 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.3
1-Core 74.8
2-Core 131
57% 92.7 Pts
4-Core 198
8-Core 180
26% 189 Pts
64-Core 197
13% 197 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.8
1-Core 73.9
2-Core 129
56% 91.7 Pts
4-Core 195
8-Core 188
26% 191 Pts
64-Core 194
13% 194 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 64
1-Core 75.5
2-Core 136
55% 91.7 Pts
4-Core 197
8-Core 195
27% 196 Pts
64-Core 200
13% 200 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 64.5
1-Core 59.6
2-Core 122
50% 82.1 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 186
26% 186 Pts
64-Core 184
12% 184 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 63.2
1-Core 72.8
2-Core 123
53% 86.2 Pts
4-Core 194
8-Core 194
26% 194 Pts
64-Core 196
13% 196 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 67.6
1-Core 64.3
2-Core 116
51% 82.7 Pts
4-Core 158
8-Core 156
22% 157 Pts
64-Core 148
10% 148 Pts
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 Prices

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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 45,930 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: 55% - Above average Total price: $92

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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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1 month 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

2 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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