Average Bench: 47.8% (830th of 1335)

Based on 17,960 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 47.8% Great: 53%
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 550 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 64.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 70.7Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 550 is just 15.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3 550 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 184Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 182Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,960 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.3 Memory 64.8 72.6
49.9 1-Core 70.7 78.7
84.1 2-Core 126 151
53% 87 Pts
Min Avg Max
115 4-Core 179 205
126 8-Core 182 205
24.6% 181 Pts
Min Avg Max
130 64-Core 184 206
12.4% 184 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1 , 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.8
1-Core 78.5
2-Core 144
59% 98.2 Pts
4-Core 203
8-Core 202
28% 203 Pts
64-Core 206
14% 206 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.9
1-Core 76.6
2-Core 142
58% 96 Pts
4-Core 207
8-Core 203
28% 205 Pts
64-Core 204
14% 204 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.9
1-Core 78.7
2-Core 141
58% 96.1 Pts
4-Core 204
8-Core 205
28% 205 Pts
64-Core 205
14% 205 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 64
1-Core 79.1
2-Core 144
57% 95.8 Pts
4-Core 199
8-Core 202
27% 200 Pts
64-Core 204
14% 204 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 64.1
1-Core 76.4
2-Core 122
54% 87.6 Pts
4-Core 201
8-Core 174
26% 187 Pts
64-Core 203
14% 203 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 65.4
1-Core 70.2
2-Core 123
53% 86.2 Pts
4-Core 168
8-Core 175
23% 171 Pts
64-Core 185
12% 185 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 58.5
1-Core 57.1
2-Core 84.5
43% 66.7 Pts
4-Core 144
8-Core 144
20% 144 Pts
64-Core 172
12% 172 Pts
SOCKET1156 M/B, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 48.1
1-Core 40.9
2-Core 77.9
35% 55.6 Pts
4-Core 80.4
8-Core 99.2
12% 89.8 Pts
64-Core 110
7% 110 Pts
XU1, 1 CPU, 1 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 33.9
1-Core 35.7
2-Core 41.5
25% 37 Pts
4-Core 55.8
8-Core 58
8% 56.9 Pts
64-Core 47
3% 47 Pts
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-550 Processor (4M Cache, 3.20 GHz)
Code NameClarkdale
Launch DateQ2'10
Processor Numberi3-550
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache4 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.6500V-1.4000V
Recommended Price$117.00
Clock Speed3.2 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

13 months ago.

Very sharp even in 2020. Runs demanding games such as Tomb Raider (2013), Cities Skylines (2015) and Subnautica (2014) while paired with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Easily faster than my 2.5GHz dual core i5 from 2014. Perfect for a budget gaming setup, and definitely powerful enough to play most games.


Good

4 months ago.

cpu is alright even in 2021 for simple pc tasks. still plays 1080p online content np (yes a website like YT can be a struggle for older pc's nowadays)


Average

17 months ago.

Fired up my old desktop, still pretty fast (have 4GB ram+3GB/S HDD). I'm comparing it to my I7-8565U (with SSD + 16GB ram + RX550)


Average

23 months ago.

Gotta start somewhere for the Intels.....


Average

2 years ago.

wopr


Good

15 months ago.

its very good


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