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Intel Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-550

Intel Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-550 by Starredreviews.com

The second generation core i3, the core i3-2100 outperforms the previous generation core i3 – the core i3-550 processor. This is not even taking into account the x2 performance improvement in the Integrated Graphics.

Table : Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-550 Feature Differences

Feature Core i3-2100 Core i3-550
Core Frequency 3.10 GHz 3.20 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
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz Yes, Base 733 MHz, No Turbo

Table : Core i3-2100 Vs Core i3-550 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-2100 Core i3-550
PassMark Score 3831 3086
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 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.

Some more details of Core i3-550

Intel’s Core i3-550 is the Clarkdale processor, with Integrated GPU on the second die. The two dies are connected back to back like Siamese twins. The graphics runs at 733 MHz.
The I3-550 does not has turbo boost feature, the reason why it will be underperforming as compared to the similarly clocked i5 and i7 processors. The processor can however be overclocked using higher clock frequency and/or clock multiplier setting. 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. AMD’s quad core Athlon II and Phenom II processors have given stiff competition with their lower pricing.

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