Average Bench: 36.7% (577th of 1197)

Based on 12,978 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 27%Average: 36.7% Great: 41%
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 63.2% 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 68.3Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 120Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 13.6%. 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 172Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,978 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.9 1-Core 68.3 75.1
81.3 2-Core 120 147
45.2% 93.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
113 4-Core 170 190
121 8-Core 172 190
23.4% 171 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, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 73.5
2-Core 149
52% 111 Pts
4-Core 188
8-Core 188
26% 188 Pts
64-Core 189
13% 189 Pts
XU1 PROCESSOR, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 73.3
2-Core 136
50% 105 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 187
26% 186 Pts
64-Core 182
12% 182 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 72.8
2-Core 126
48% 99.6 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 187
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 187
13% 187 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 71.5
2-Core 128
48% 99.7 Pts
4-Core 184
8-Core 183
25% 183 Pts
64-Core 179
12% 179 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 70.1
2-Core 122
46% 96.1 Pts
4-Core 185
8-Core 184
25% 185 Pts
64-Core 185
12% 185 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 63.5
2-Core 99.4
40% 81.4 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 188
26% 189 Pts
64-Core 183
12% 183 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 65.7
2-Core 110
42% 87.8 Pts
4-Core 134
8-Core 144
19% 139 Pts
64-Core 142
10% 142 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 64.3
2-Core 114
43% 89 Pts
4-Core 116
8-Core 150
18% 133 Pts
64-Core 162
11% 162 Pts
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 46,555 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 42% - Average Total price: $338

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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

11 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

6 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.


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