Average Bench: 57.4% (528th of 1276)

Based on 4,741 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306A9, 0FABFBFF000306A9, 1FABFBFF000306A9 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3540M CPU @ 3.00GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 57.4% Great: 66%
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7-3540M averaged 42.5% 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 79Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 81.6Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3540M is 29.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3540M performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 215Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 214Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,741 samples)
Min Avg Max
59.3 Memory 79 90.1
25.9 1-Core 81.6 100
52.6 2-Core 141 180
62.1% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
63.1 4-Core 210 249
69 8-Core 214 250
28.8% 212 Pts
Min Avg Max
71.5 64-Core 215 252
14.4% 215 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
N/A, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 101
1-Core 78.9
2-Core 151
70% 110 Pts
4-Core 210
8-Core 209
29% 209 Pts
64-Core 190
13% 190 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
Memory 87.9
1-Core 98.7
2-Core 170
72% 119 Pts
4-Core 248
8-Core 228
33% 238 Pts
64-Core 240
16% 240 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88
1-Core 98.3
2-Core 166
72% 117 Pts
4-Core 245
8-Core 225
32% 235 Pts
64-Core 237
16% 237 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 95.8
2-Core 153
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 237
8-Core 234
32% 235 Pts
64-Core 235
16% 235 Pts
N/A, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.5
1-Core 97
2-Core 142
67% 107 Pts
4-Core 198
8-Core 191
27% 194 Pts
64-Core 175
12% 175 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.7
1-Core 58.9
2-Core 106
52% 80.4 Pts
4-Core 143
8-Core 165
21% 154 Pts
64-Core 169
11% 169 Pts
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Typical Core i7-3540M Builds (Compare 2,382 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 7%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

System: Dell Latitude E6430

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $156

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-3540M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameIvy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'13
Processor Numberi7-3540M
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache4 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsAVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$346.00
Clock Speed3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.7 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP35 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Base Frequency650 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.3 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes
My WiFi TechYes
4G WiMAX Wireless TechYes

Package

Package Size37.5 x 37.5mm (rPGA988B); 31.0 x 24.0mm (BGA1023)
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCBGA1023, FCPGA988

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

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Excellent

21 months ago.

Great laptop processor, even makes IE responsive.


Excellent

2 years ago.

According to Userbenchmark, this CPU somehow outperfoms even more recent i7-5 and i5-6 processors


Excellent

15 months ago.

For the price, laptops with this processor out perform any new laptop. I refuse to buy U or Y processors due to the seriously underpowered nature of the computer as a result. This processor ROCKS!


Excellent

3 years ago.

because it has been capable of running extreme powerful programs effectively without any lag


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