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Intel Core i3-390M

The Intel Core i3-390M is a middle class dual core CPU for laptops and clocks with 2.67 GHz. The difference to the Core i5 and i7 series is the lacking TurboBoost overclocking, and the missing AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution functions. Each core is based on the Nehalem (Westmere) micro-architecture. Hyperthreading enables the Dual Core CPU to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). 

A feature of the new Core i3-390M is the integrated graphics card called GMA HD and the memory controller. Both are on a separate die that is still manufactured in 45nm whereas the CPU die is already manufactured in the new 32nm process.

The performance of the Core i3-390M should be at a level of a 2.7-2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (upper class CPUs in the last year). This is mainly due to the efficient HyperThreading function and the integrated memory controller. In single threaded applications it should be at least as fast, as a similar clocked Core 2 Duo.

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is known to be clocked up to 500-667 MHz (due to Turbo Boost) and should be clearly faster than the old GMA 4500MHD. The Core i5 and i7 models should still be a bit faster because of the higher max. clock speed of the GPU. The performance of the graphics in 3D should be on par with a Radeon HD 4200 but the driver support is usually worse.

The power consumption of 35 Watt TDP (max.) counts for the whole package and therefore it is clearly better than the 35 Watt TDP of the Core 2 Duo T-series (CPU alone).

SeriesIntel Core i3
CodenameArrandale
Clock Rate2667 MHz
Front Side Bus2500 MHz
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3072 KB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Transistor Count382+177 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size81+114 mm2
Max. Temperature90 (rPGA), 105 (BGA) °C
SocketBGA1288, PGA988
FeaturesIntel HD Graphics (500-667MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x
Announcement Date12/04/2010
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 390M

CPU Benchmarks

wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 681.846     avg: 681.8 (93.38%)     max: 681.846 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 22.496     avg: 22.5 (96.36%)     max: 22.496 seconds*
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 2811     avg: 2811 (30.18%)     max: 2811 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 2.18     avg: 2.2 (11.28%)     max: 2.18 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 3534     avg: 3534 (41.44%)     max: 3534 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 7623     avg: 7623 (21.46%)     max: 7623 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 2829     avg: 2829 (41.26%)     max: 2829 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6405     avg: 6405 (18.42%)     max: 6405 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 17     avg: 17 (98.11%)     max: 17 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 40     avg: 40 (99.09%)     max: 40 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 941     avg: 941 (97.82%)     max: 941 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 39140     avg: 39140 (18.57%)     max: 39140 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 27400     avg: 27400 (21.02%)     max: 27400 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 6.8     avg: 6.8 (84.13%)     max: 6.8 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Reviews for the Intel Core i3 390M processor

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i3

» Intel Core i3 5157U
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4110M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4100M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4000M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4100E
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3130M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3120M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3110M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 5010U
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2370M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 390M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 5005U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2350M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2348M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 380M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2330M
   2.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2328M
   2.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4158U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4120U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 370M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4030U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4025U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2312M
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2310M
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2308M
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4100U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3227U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4010U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4005U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3217U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4102E
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4030Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 350M
   2.26 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4020Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4012Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 330M
   2.13 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 4010Y
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 3229Y
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2377M
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2375M
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2367M
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2365M
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 2357M
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 380UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 330UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i7 2649M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i5 540M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 460M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 5010U
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 2370M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i3 390M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
+ Intel Core i3 5005U
   2 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 2350M
   2.3 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 2348M
   2.3 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo P9700
   2.8 GHz / 6134 KB
+ Intel Core i5 3337U
   1.8 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)