Intel Core i3-540 Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Intel Core i3-540 was released in Q1/2010 and has 2 cores. The processor can process 4 threads simultaneously and uses a mainboard with the socket LGA 1156. In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Intel Core i3-540 achieved a result of 478 points (single-core) or 1,141 points (multi-core).
Intel Core i3-540

CPU lineage

In this classification you can see to which group of processors the Intel Core i3-540 belongs. We also show the direct predecessor and successor of Intel Core i3-540.

Name: Intel Core i3-540
Family: Intel Core i3 (202)
CPU group: Intel Core i3 500 (4)
Architecture: Clarkdale
Segment: Desktop / Server
Generation: 1
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i3-540 has 2 cores. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i3-540 is 3.06 GHz. An initial performance assessment can be made using the number of CPU cores.

CPU Cores / Threads: 2 / 4
Core architecture: normal
Cores: 2x
Hyperthreading / SMT: Yes
Overclocking: No
Frequency: 3.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core): --
Turbo Frequency (2 Cores): --

Internal Graphics

The Intel Core i3-540 has an integrated graphics that the system can use to efficiently play back videos. The Intel Core i3-540 has the Intel HD Graphics (Westmere) installed, which has 12 streaming multiprocessors (24 shaders).

GPU name: Intel HD Graphics (Westmere)
GPU frequency: 0.50 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 0.73 GHz
Compute units: 12
Shader: 24
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q1/2010
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 5
Direct X: 10.1
Technology: 32 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 2 GB
Frame Generation: No

Hardware codec support

Processors with integrated graphics can process video codecs faster. Support for modern codecs can significantly increase system efficiency during video playback.

h265 / HEVC (8 bit): No
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): No
h264: Decode
VP8: No
VP9: No
AV1: No
AVC: Decode
VC-1: No
JPEG: No

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i3-540 supports a maximum of 16 GB memory. Depending on the mainboard, the processor can use a maximum of 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. This results in a maximum bandwidth of the main memory of 21.3 GB/s.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
DDR3-1066
DDR3-1333
21.0 GB/s
21.3 GB/s
Max. Memory: 16 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: Yes
PCIe: 2.0 x 16
PCIe Bandwidth: 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i3-540 has a TDP of 73 W. Based on the TDP, the system manufacturer can and must adapt the cooling solution to the processor.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 73 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

Modern production reduces the waste heat of a processor and increases its efficiency. The Intel Core i3-540 is made in 32 nm and has 4.50 MB cache.

Technology: 32 nm
Chip design: Monolithic
Socket: LGA 1156
L2-Cache: 0.50 MB
L3-Cache: 4.00 MB
AES-NI: No
Operating systems: Windows 10, Linux
Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Release date: Q1/2010
Release price: 117 $
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Intel Core i3-540 have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.

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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Celeron 3865U Intel Celeron 3865U
2C 2T @ 1.80 GHz
480
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
479
Intel Core2 Duo E8500 Intel Core2 Duo E8500
2C 2T @ 3.16 GHz
479
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
478
AMD Phenom II X4 975 AMD Phenom II X4 975
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
478
AMD Athlon II X2 270 AMD Athlon II X2 270
2C 2T @ 3.40 GHz
477
MediaTek Dimensity 720 MediaTek Dimensity 720
8C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
477

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Celeron G1830 Intel Celeron G1830
2C 2T @ 2.80 GHz
1150
Intel Core i7-2677M Intel Core i7-2677M
2C 4T @ 1.80 GHz
1147
MediaTek MT8183 MediaTek MT8183
8C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
1145
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
1141
Intel Core i3-3220T Intel Core i3-3220T
2C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
1141
AMD A8-5500B AMD A8-5500B
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
1141
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
4C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
1139

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Pentium N6415 Intel Pentium N6415
4C 4T @ 3.00 GHz
474
Intel Core i7-870S Intel Core i7-870S
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
472
Intel Core i7-875K Intel Core i7-875K
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
472
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
470
MediaTek Helio P90 MediaTek Helio P90
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHz
470
Intel Celeron N4500 Intel Celeron N4500
2C 2T @ 2.80 GHz
470
Intel Pentium G2010 Intel Pentium G2010
2C 2T @ 2.80 GHz
470

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Apple A8X Apple A8X
3C 3T @ 1.50 GHz
959
MediaTek Helio X20 MediaTek Helio X20
10C 10T @ 2.10 GHz
958
Intel Pentium G3220 Intel Pentium G3220
2C 2T @ 3.00 GHz
957
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
952
MediaTek Helio X27 MediaTek Helio X27
10C 10T @ 2.60 GHz
942
Samsung Exynos 850 Samsung Exynos 850
8C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
942
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
8C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
941

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i5-650 Intel Core i5-650
Intel HD Graphics (Westmere) @ 0.73 GHz
35
Intel Core i5-655K Intel Core i5-655K
Intel HD Graphics (Westmere) @ 0.73 GHz
35
Intel Core i5-660 Intel Core i5-660
Intel HD Graphics (Westmere) @ 0.73 GHz
35
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
Intel HD Graphics (Westmere) @ 0.73 GHz
35
MediaTek MT8167A MediaTek MT8167A
PowerVR GE8300 @ 0.55 GHz
35
MediaTek Helio A20 MediaTek Helio A20
PowerVR GE8300 @ 0.55 GHz
35
Intel Atom E3825 Intel Atom E3825
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail GT1) @ 0.53 GHz
34

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD A9-9425 AMD A9-9425
2C 2T @ 3.10 GHz
1529
Intel Pentium 4405Y Intel Pentium 4405Y
2C 4T @ 1.50 GHz
1526
Samsung Exynos 7884 Samsung Exynos 7884
8C 8T @ 1.60 GHz
1521
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
1516
Intel Celeron G1620T Intel Celeron G1620T
2C 2T @ 2.40 GHz
1514
Intel Celeron G1610 Intel Celeron G1610
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
1510
MediaTek Helio X25 MediaTek Helio X25
10C 10T @ 2.50 GHz
1507

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-2520M Intel Core i5-2520M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
709
Intel Core i5-4300U Intel Core i5-4300U
2C 4T @ 1.90 GHz
697
AMD A8-7600 AMD A8-7600
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
693
Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core i3-540
2C 4T @ 3.06 GHz
685
Intel Pentium G3258 Intel Pentium G3258
2C 2T @ 3.20 GHz
685
Intel Core i5-2450M Intel Core i5-2450M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
682
Intel Pentium G3420 Intel Pentium G3420
2C 2T @ 3.20 GHz
673

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