Intel Core i3-2102 vs Core 2 Quad Q9450

Intel Core i3-2102
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450

General info

Comparing Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
19.25
 
3.35
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Achitecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Yorkfield
Release date
on June 2011
 
on March 2008
Price now
$58
 
$335

Technical specs

Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
4
Number of threads
4
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.1 GHz
 
2.666 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
12 MB (shared)
L3 cache
3 MB (shared)
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
131 mm2
 
2x 107 mm2
Maximum core temperature
69 °C
 
n/d
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
n/d
 
71 °C
Transistor count
504 million
 
820 million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1155
 
775
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
 
n/d
vPro
-
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
-
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
n/d
FDI
+
 
n/d
Fast Memory Access
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d
Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 are enumerated here.
VT-d
-
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
DDR1, DDR2, DDR3
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
n/d
Max memory channels
2
 
n/d
Maximum memory bandwidth
21 GB / s
 
n/d

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD 3000
 
n/d
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
n/d
Graphics max frequency
1.1 GHz
 
n/d
InTru 3D
+
 
n/d

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
n/d

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i3-2102 7.89
2 Quad Q9450 7.93 +0.5%

Passmark

i3-2102 3736
2 Quad Q9450 3757 +0.6%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
n/d
 
0.08 kh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i3-2102 and Core 2 Quad Q9450 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i3-2102

Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 45 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 95 watts)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450

0.5% faster in synthetic tests
MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
SSE (Streaming SIMD Instructions - a SIMD instruction extension working with 128-bit registers)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

So, Core i3-2102 or Core 2 Quad Q9450?

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