Intel Core i3-330M: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

Intel started Core i3-330M sales 7 January 2010 at a recommended price of $49. This is an Arrandale architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 33 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is BGA1288,PGA988 processor with a TDP of 35 Watt. It supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 0.66% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

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General info

Core i3-330M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2577
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i3
Architecture codenameArrandale (2010−2011)
Release date7 January 2010 (14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$49of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$54 (1.1x MSRP)of 17802 (Threadripper PRO 7995WX)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Threads4
Base clock speed2.13 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed0.03 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
Bus support1 × 2.5 GT/s
L1 cache128 KBof 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache512 KBof 36864 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache3 MBof 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography32 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size81+114 mm2
Maximum core temperature90 °C for rPGA, 105 °C for BGAof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors382 Millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 5 7645HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-330M compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketBGA1288,PGA988
Power consumption (TDP)35 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i3-330M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2
AES-NI-
FMA+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology-
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
PAE36 Bit
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-
EDB+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d-
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-330M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3-800, DDR3-1066of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
Maximum memory size8 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth17.1 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i3-330M.

Integrated graphics cardIntel® HD Graphics for Previous Generation Intel® Processors
Clear Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency667 MHz

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-330M's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i3-330M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i3-330M 1017

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i3-330M 273

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i3-330M 574

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i3-330M 2330

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i3-330M 5491

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i3-330M 2230

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

i3-330M 2

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i3-330M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i3-330M is Turion II Ultra M660, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 4 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i3-330M:

AMD A6-1450 103.03
Intel Core i3-330M 100
AMD A4-4300M 98.48
AMD A6-9220e 98.48
AMD A6-7000 98.48

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i3-330M, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i3-330M in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 1836 configurations based on Core i3-330M in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.7% (13/1836)
RX 7900 XTX Radeon RX 7900 XTX
0.05% (1/1836)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.3% (6/1836)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.05% (1/1836)
RX 6900 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
0.05% (1/1836)
RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.1% (2/1836)
RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3070
0.1% (2/1836)
RTX 3060 Ti GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
0.05% (1/1836)
GTX 1080 Ti GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
0.05% (1/1836)

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