Average Bench: 47.7% (766th of 1241)

Based on 15,832 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 47.7% Great: 53%
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 52.2% 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. Memory Latency 66.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 67.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 16%. 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 173Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 171Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,832 samples)
Min Avg Max
51.6 Memory 66.5 73.6
44.1 1-Core 67.9 75.1
72.4 2-Core 119 145
52.2% 84.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
102 4-Core 169 190
118 8-Core 171 190
23.2% 170 Pts
Min Avg Max
114 64-Core 173 191
11.6% 173 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 70.2
1-Core 72.4
2-Core 123
55% 88.5 Pts
4-Core 185
8-Core 163
24% 174 Pts
64-Core 187
13% 187 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.1 GHz
Memory 68.5
1-Core 72.4
2-Core 136
56% 92.3 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 190
26% 190 Pts
64-Core 192
13% 192 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.5
1-Core 71.9
2-Core 131
56% 90.8 Pts
4-Core 181
8-Core 179
25% 180 Pts
64-Core 179
12% 179 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.6
1-Core 70.7
2-Core 132
55% 90.5 Pts
4-Core 180
8-Core 180
24% 180 Pts
64-Core 183
12% 183 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.7
1-Core 74.5
2-Core 145
57% 95.4 Pts
4-Core 189
8-Core 187
26% 188 Pts
64-Core 190
13% 190 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 66.3
1-Core 70.4
2-Core 123
53% 86.6 Pts
4-Core 185
8-Core 183
25% 184 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)
Memory 64.8
1-Core 64.1
2-Core 115
50% 81.2 Pts
4-Core 178
8-Core 174
24% 176 Pts
64-Core 162
11% 162 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 60,625 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 29%
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Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $287

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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

17 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

13 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

5 months 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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