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AMD Athlon ii X4 640 Vs Intel Core i3-2100


AMD Athlon ii X4 640 Vs Intel Core i3-2100

The Intel Core i3-2100 seems to slightly surpass AMD Athlon ii X4 640 in performance, even when it is a dual core processor. We, however, can expect that Athlon ii X4 will still be good when all four of its core are put into use.

We do see Athlon ii X4 at lower price ( around $100) than the Core i3-2100 ( $117 according to Intel) , which means that 640 has not lost its shine as a formidable competitor especially when it will fit in your existing AMD based motherboard supporting AM2+/AM3 socket.

Table : Athlon ii X4 640 Vs Core i3-2100 Feature Differences

Feature Athlon ii X4 640 Core i3-2100
Core Frequency 3.0 GHz 3.10 GHz
No. Of Cores 4 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 2 MB L2 Cache 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency No Turbo No Turbo
TDP Rating 95 Watts 65 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 45 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR2 / DDR3 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics No Integrated Graphics Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz

Table : Athlon ii X4 640 Vs Core i3-2100 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Athlon ii X4 640 Core i3-2100
PassMark Score 3474 3831
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU Not available Not available
Windows 7 Experience Score Not available Not available

Some more details of Athlon ii X4 640

The Athlon ii X4 640 has been highly praised in media and compared extensively with similar performing Intel processors to arrive at a common conclusion that it is a formidable competitor that beats in price for the performance that it offers. It fits in the AM2+/AM3 socket based motherboards and works well with the DDR2 as well as DDR3.

Some more details of Core i3-2100

The Core i3-2100 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor improving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2100 ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.

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