Average Bench: 37.9% (572nd of 1173)

Based on 12,095 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 28%Average: 37.9% Great: 42%
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 62.1% 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

Single Core Floating Point Speed 70.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 68.2Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 14%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3 540 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 180Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 175Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,095 samples)
Min Avg Max
43.9 SC Int 65 71.9
50.3 SC Float 70.9 77.7
47.6 SC Mixed 68.2 74.8
54.4% 68 Pts
Min Avg Max
111 QC Int 163 181
120 QC Float 175 194
113 QC Mixed 171 190
38.4% 170 Pts
Min Avg Max
124 MC Int 168 182
128 MC Float 180 195
125 MC Mixed 175 191
26.1% 174 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 71.4
SC Float 77.5
SC Mixed 72.7
59% 73.9 Pts
QC Int 179
QC Float 192
QC Mixed 189
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 182
MC Float 194
MC Mixed 189
28% 188 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 70.1
SC Float 76.8
SC Mixed 73.3
59% 73.4 Pts
QC Int 173
QC Float 192
QC Mixed 188
42% 184 Pts
MC Int 179
MC Float 193
MC Mixed 189
28% 187 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 63
SC Float 67.9
SC Mixed 72.4
54% 67.8 Pts
QC Int 180
QC Float 193
QC Mixed 188
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 182
MC Float 196
MC Mixed 188
28% 188 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 68.4
SC Float 75.8
SC Mixed 71.5
58% 71.9 Pts
QC Int 179
QC Float 193
QC Mixed 189
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 180
MC Float 194
MC Mixed 188
28% 187 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 68.7
SC Float 74.5
SC Mixed 72.8
58% 72 Pts
QC Int 154
QC Float 181
QC Mixed 185
39% 173 Pts
MC Int 175
MC Float 190
MC Mixed 181
27% 182 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 62.8
SC Float 66.2
SC Mixed 59.4
50% 62.8 Pts
QC Int 176
QC Float 188
QC Mixed 183
41% 182 Pts
MC Int 171
MC Float 184
MC Mixed 176
26% 177 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 62.8
SC Float 68.6
SC Mixed 66.2
53% 65.9 Pts
QC Int 152
QC Float 181
QC Mixed 166
38% 166 Pts
MC Int 173
MC Float 184
MC Mixed 173
26% 177 Pts
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 39,833 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 28%
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Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $378

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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

7 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

2 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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