Average Bench: 47% (877th of 1442)

Based on 19,058 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 36%Average: 47% Great: 53%
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 550 averaged 52.9% 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 64Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 69.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 550 is just 16.3%. 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 Speed 180Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 179Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,058 samples)
Min Avg Max
47.7 Memory 64 72.1
44.2 1-Core 69.9 78.6
76.8 2-Core 123 150
51.1% 85.5 Pts
Min Avg Max
113 4-Core 175 198
125 8-Core 179 198
23.6% 177 Pts
Min Avg Max
123 64-Core 180 198
11.1% 180 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U2E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.4
1-Core 63.8
2-Core 110
49% 80.3 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 185
25% 186 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 64.8
1-Core 49.7
2-Core 135
48% 83 Pts
4-Core 186
8-Core 185
25% 185 Pts
64-Core 184
11% 184 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.4
1-Core 78.1
2-Core 123
54% 89.6 Pts
4-Core 170
8-Core 172
23% 171 Pts
64-Core 167
10% 167 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.3
1-Core 72.1
2-Core 128
53% 89.1 Pts
4-Core 166
8-Core 168
22% 167 Pts
64-Core 170
10% 170 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 60.4
1-Core 64.4
2-Core 112
48% 79.1 Pts
4-Core 188
8-Core 187
25% 188 Pts
64-Core 185
11% 185 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 58.9
1-Core 76.9
2-Core 151
54% 95.7 Pts
4-Core 191
8-Core 191
26% 191 Pts
64-Core 190
12% 190 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 63.3
1-Core 24.9
2-Core 119
40% 68.9 Pts
4-Core 153
8-Core 165
21% 159 Pts
64-Core 177
11% 177 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 57.7
1-Core 67.2
2-Core 124
48% 82.8 Pts
4-Core 167
8-Core 156
22% 162 Pts
64-Core 165
10% 165 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 40.6
1-Core 36.3
2-Core 60.1
29% 45.7 Pts
4-Core 101
8-Core 122
14% 112 Pts
64-Core 130
8% 130 Pts
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Gaming 4%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 4%
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Motherboard: Intel H55

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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

16 months ago.

Using in 2010 i-mac but installed Opensuse linux on it. Works well.


Good

2 years 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

3 years 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

4 years ago.

Gotta start somewhere for the Intels.....


Average

5 years ago.

wopr


Good

3 years ago.

its very good


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