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Intel Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-540 Comparison

The Core i3-2100 belongs to the newer 2nd generation core i3 processor that have improved upon the the previous 1st generation core i3 processor it terms of performance, Lithography. The most notable improvement is in the area of the Integrated Graphics where we can expect 2x improvement.

Table : Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-540 Feature Differences

Feature Core i3-2100 Core i3-540
Core Frequency 3.10 GHz 3.06 GHz
No. Of Cores 2 (4 Hyperthreads) 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 3 MB L3 Smart Cache 4 MB
Turbo Frequency No Turbo No Turbo
TDP Rating 65 Watts 73 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm

Table : Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-540 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-2100 Core i3-540
PassMark Score 3831 2838
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 Core i3-2100

The Core i3-2100 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor imroving 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.

Some more details of Core i3-540

Intel’s Core i3-540 is the Clarkdale processor, with Integrated GPU on the second die. The two dies are connected back to back like Siamese twins. The I3-540 does not as overclocking feature, the reason why it will be underperforming as compared to the similarly clocked i5 and i7 processors. The arrival of the newer second generation Sandy Bridge processor with better performance, especially in the integrated graphics may make this processor obsolete for new purchases soon.

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