Average Bench: 46.7% (799th of 1276)

Based on 20,015 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, BFEBFBFF00020652 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Poor: 34%Average: 46.7% Great: 52%
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 540 averaged 53.2% 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 64.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 67.3Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 540 is just 18.2%. 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 172Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 171Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,015 samples)
Min Avg Max
46.4 Memory 64.7 73.1
45 1-Core 67.3 74.7
73.7 2-Core 117 145
51.2% 83.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
99.4 4-Core 168 189
111 8-Core 171 190
23.1% 170 Pts
Min Avg Max
114 64-Core 172 191
11.6% 172 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.4
1-Core 72.9
2-Core 122
55% 88.1 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 187
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
Memory 69.2
1-Core 72.6
2-Core 146
57% 95.9 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 189
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 188
13% 188 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.3
1-Core 74.6
2-Core 145
57% 95.7 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 186
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 191
13% 191 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.7
1-Core 66.1
2-Core 117
52% 83.1 Pts
4-Core 162
8-Core 159
22% 160 Pts
64-Core 141
10% 141 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 57.6
1-Core 71.1
2-Core 115
49% 81.2 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 184
26% 186 Pts
64-Core 187
13% 187 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 54.8
1-Core 63.5
2-Core 79.3
42% 65.9 Pts
4-Core 125
8-Core 150
18% 137 Pts
64-Core 141
10% 141 Pts
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 56.7
1-Core 58.6
2-Core 102
45% 72.4 Pts
4-Core 106
8-Core 124
15% 115 Pts
64-Core 134
9% 134 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

AmazonUS $6210 months
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Typical Core i3 540 Builds (Compare 27,659 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: 53% - Above average Total price: $94

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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

2 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

20 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

13 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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