Intel Core i3-550: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i3-550

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i3-550 sales 30 May 2010 at a recommended price of $101. 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 3.2 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 1.77 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Core i3-550 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

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Value for money (0-100)
3.99
 
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Architecture codename
Clarkdale
 
Launch date
30 May 2010 (10 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$101
 
Price now
$70
 

Technical specs

Basic processor 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 cores
2
 
Threads
4
 
Base clock speed
3.2 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
3.2 GHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
L3 cache
4 MB (shared)
 
Chip lithography
32 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
Die size
81 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Transistor count
382 million
 
of 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
+
 
VID voltage range
0.65V-1.4V
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-550 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.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FCLGA1156
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
73 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i3-550. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost Technology
-
 
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 
PAE
36 Bit
 
FDI
+
 

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-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-550's memory controller.

Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
16.38 GB
 
Max memory channels
2
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
21 GB/s
 

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i3-550.

Integrated graphics card
Intel® HD Graphics for Previous Generation Intel® Processors
 
Clear Video HD
+
 

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-550's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported
2
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe revision
2.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i3-550. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall 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.

1.77

Passmark

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

1556

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i3-550 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i3-550 from AMD is Phenom X4 9600, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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