Average Bench: 48.1% (804th of 1316)

Based on 16,901 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF00020655, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 39%Average: 48.1% Great: 53%
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i3 550 averaged 51.9% 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 65.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 70.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3 550 is just 13.5%. 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 182Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 181Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,901 samples)
Min Avg Max
51.2 Memory 65.6 72.9
50.9 1-Core 70.9 77.8
89.6 2-Core 125 150
53.2% 87.2 Pts
Min Avg Max
128 4-Core 178 197
137 8-Core 181 197
24.5% 180 Pts
Min Avg Max
139 64-Core 182 198
12.2% 182 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 69.1
1-Core 73.4
2-Core 148
58% 96.8 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 196
26% 193 Pts
64-Core 196
13% 196 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 71.3
1-Core 71.5
2-Core 133
56% 92 Pts
4-Core 160
8-Core 193
23% 176 Pts
64-Core 194
13% 194 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 66
1-Core 68.8
2-Core 122
52% 85.5 Pts
4-Core 175
8-Core 174
24% 175 Pts
64-Core 173
12% 173 Pts
LGA1156, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 61
1-Core 75.4
2-Core 122
52% 86.1 Pts
4-Core 194
8-Core 193
26% 194 Pts
64-Core 188
13% 188 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 58.9
1-Core 57.7
2-Core 118
47% 78.3 Pts
4-Core 195
8-Core 194
27% 194 Pts
64-Core 181
12% 181 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 58.6
1-Core 69.7
2-Core 115
49% 81 Pts
4-Core 92.8
8-Core 110
14% 102 Pts
64-Core 188
13% 188 Pts
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Typical Core i3 550 Builds (Compare 1,122 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 47%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 2%
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System: Dell Inspiron 580

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Above average Total price: $197

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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

9 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

11 days 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

13 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

19 months ago.

Gotta start somewhere for the Intels.....


Average

2 years ago.

wopr


Good

11 months ago.

its very good


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