Intel Core i3-540: specs and benchmarks
Intel started Intel Core i3-540 sales 7 January 2010 at a recommended price of $45. This is Clarkdale architecture desktop 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 066 MHz and a locked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1156 processor with a TDP of 73 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.
It provides poor benchmark performance at 1.71 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.
Of Core i3-540 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
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.
Information on Core i3-540 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.
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i3-540. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-540's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i3-540.
Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-540's integrated GPU.
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i3-540. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.
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 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.
Let's see how good Core i3-540 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
This processor matches 79% minimum and 70% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Overall Core i3-540 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i3-540 from AMD is Phenom II X3 710, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 3 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i3-540: