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AMD Sempron 145 vs Intel Core i3-540

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AMD Sempron 145 advantages



AMD Sempron 145
  • The processor has 3DNow! instructions enabled. Even though the 3DNow! technology may improve performance of some old games and software, it is now obsolete, and it is no longer utilized by modern programs.
  • The AMD Sempron 145 CPU is 38% more energy efficient than the Intel Core i3-540 processor.

Intel Core i3-540 advantages



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  • Single-threaded performance of the Intel i3-540 is higher.
  • In multi-threaded programs, the Core i3-540 has 203% better performance.
  • In memory-intensive tasks, the microprocessor is 158% faster.
  • SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions are enabled on this processor.
  • In addition to 2 CPU cores, the processor includes HD (Nehalem) GPU. This graphics can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.

145 vs i3-540 performance comparison

The charts show relative performance of Sempron 145 and Core i3-540 CPUs in different kinds of tasks. To calculate displayed numbers we averaged results for a number of tests for each specific application type. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be higher or lower than what you see in the charts on this page. The 'Overall performance' calculates an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each program type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.37
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
1
 
3.03
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.58
 
 
Higher is better
Discrete Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.64
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD Sempron 145       - Intel Core i3-540

Exhaustive list of benchmarks, that demonstrate performance difference between Sempron 145 and Intel i3-540 in various types of programs, can be found in the "Benchmarks" tab.


145 vs i3-540 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
90
72
54
36
18
0
 
 
45W
 
73W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD Sempron 145 vs Intel i3-540 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both microprocessors is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Sempron 145 Core i3-540
General recommendations:
Needs less power
  General recommendations:
Performs much better in all task types,
Features SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 instructions,
Comes with HD (Nehalem) GPU

Drawbacks:

Performs significantly worse in all kinds of tasks,
Does not support some instructions,
Does not have integrated graphics
 

Drawbacks:

Requires significantly more power

Similar processors

Sempron 145 Core i3-540
 

Similar CPUs are based on the same core and fit the same socket as AMD 145 and Intel i3-540.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD Sempron 145 and Intel Core i3-540 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Sempron 145Intel Core i3-540
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilySempronCore i3
Basic details
Model number145i3-540
CPU part numberSDX145HBK13GMCM80616003060AE
Box part numberSDX145HBGMBOXBX80616I3540
BXC80616I3540
Introduction dateMay 31, 2010January 7, 2010
 
CPU features
Core nameSargasClarkdale
MicroarchitectureK10Nehalem
Technology (micron)0.0450.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3Socket 1156
Frequency (MHz)28003067
Bus speed (MHz)2000 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier14 
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024512
L3 cache (KB) 4096
Max temperature (°C)6372.6
TDP (Watt)4573
Max power dissipation (Watt) 170.83
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.350.65 - 1.4
Cores12
Threads14
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD (Nehalem)
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Sempron 145" or "Intel Core i3-540" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a partial set of AMD Sempron 145 and Intel Core i3-540 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASRock M3A780GXH/128M motherboard with 2 GB dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400). The latter processor was tested on ASUS P7P55D motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400) graphics. For different system configurations please see tests of Sempron 145 and Intel Core i3-540 CPUs in our benchmark database.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Sempron 145 vs Intel Core i3-540 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
100%
96.2%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
73.6%

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
100%
84.9%

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
100%
77.5%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
72.0%

    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
84.2%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
49.7%

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
79.6%


Sempron 145 vs Intel Core i3-540 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
41.5%

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
34.2%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
36.4%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
31.5%

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
31.5%

    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

100%
30.1%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

100%
31.7%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
34.5%

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
100%
37.6%

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
30.8%

    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
32.3%

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
40.6%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
28.1%

MySQL 5.0.27 - selecting data benchmark

Shows the number of SQL requests per second served by MySQL server v5.0.27, running on the same computer. This test does not scale beyond 6 CPU cores.
100%
34.5%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
34.0%

    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
21.9%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
45.6%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
28.3%

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
24.5%

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
35.1%

    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
30.7%


Sempron 145 vs Intel Core i3-540 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
100%
99.9%

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
98.7%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
95.0%


Sempron 145 vs Intel Core i3-540 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD Sempron 145           Intel Core i3-540

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
81.9%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

100%
46.0%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
50.5%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
38.7%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD Sempron 145 and Intel Core i3-540 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilySempronCore i3
Model / Processor Number145i3-540
Frequency2793 MHz3076 MHz
CWID version0.4
Part numberSDX145HBK13GMCM80616003060AE
S-Spec / Stepping CodeAAEGC AE 0945APMWSLBMQ
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 145 ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz
Processor name (CWID)AMD Sempron(tm) 145 Processor 
Cores12
Logical processors14
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingDA-C3 
CPUID signature100F6320652
Family16 (010h) 6 (06h)
Model 6 (06h)37 (025h)
Stepping 3 (03h) 2 (02h)
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, fully associative, 7 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size64 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative4-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments Non-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size1 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 16-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Direct-mapped|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 4 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
Extensions to 3DNow!+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3-+
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT / STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF / SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Software thermal control+-
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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