Average Bench: 28.6% (599th of 1182)

Based on 13,147 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 20%Average: 28.6% Great: 32%
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard

Very poor average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 71.3% 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 68.1Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 120Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 12%. 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 173Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,147 samples)
Min Avg Max
47.9 1-Core 68.1 75.1
79.1 2-Core 120 147
45.3% 94.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
113 4-Core 170 190
115 8-Core 173 190
23.4% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
119 64-Core 175 192
11.7% 175 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 74.3
2-Core 146
52% 110 Pts
4-Core 188
8-Core 183
26% 185 Pts
64-Core 160
11% 160 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 73
2-Core 122
47% 97.4 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 187
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 189
13% 189 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 74
2-Core 131
49% 102 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 183
25% 185 Pts
64-Core 184
12% 184 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 59.7
2-Core 104
39% 81.9 Pts
4-Core 178
8-Core 169
24% 174 Pts
64-Core 182
12% 182 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 69.3
2-Core 124
46% 96.9 Pts
4-Core 167
8-Core 164
23% 165 Pts
64-Core 153
10% 153 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
1-Core 66.4
2-Core 108
42% 87.3 Pts
4-Core 151
8-Core 157
21% 154 Pts
64-Core 182
12% 182 Pts
XU1 PROCESSOR, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 50.1
2-Core 92.7
34% 71.4 Pts
4-Core 156
8-Core 162
22% 159 Pts
64-Core 171
12% 171 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 56.9
2-Core 91
36% 73.9 Pts
4-Core 97.1
8-Core 91.6
13% 94.3 Pts
64-Core 65.6
4% 65.6 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 43,528 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 22%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $345

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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

9 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

4 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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