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Intel Pentium N3540

Intel N3540

The Intel Pentium N3540 is a power efficient quad-core SoC for entry-level notebooks. It is clocked at 2.16 GHz base clock and can boost up to 2.66 GHz (Burst clock speed). The Pentium is part of the Bay Trail-M platform. Thanks to the specially optimized 22 nanometer low-power process (P1271) with tri-gate transistors, performance and energy efficiency have been significantly improved compared to previous Intel Atom CPUs.

Architecture

The processor cores are based on the new Silvermont architecture, which is an out-of-order design for the first time. The increased utilization of the pipeline and many other improvements (optimized branch prediction, increased buffers, enhanced decoders) have increased the performance per clock by about 50 percent. At the same time, however, the Hyper-Threading feature of the previous generation has been removed. Other major changes are the support for new instruction set extensions such as SSE 4.1 and 4.2 as well as AES-NI (depending on the model).

Performance

Thanks to 4 CPU cores and a clock speed of up to 2.66 GHz, the Pentium N3540 is significantly faster than previous Intel Atoms. Overall, the performance is similar to the AMD Kabini APU A6-5200. For everyday tasks such as Internet or Office the N3540 is adequate, but not for very complex software or modern games.

Graphics

The HD Graphics (Bay Trail) is based on the Intel Gen7 architecture, which supports DirectX 11 and is also found in the Ivy Bridge series (e.g. HD Graphics 4000). With only 4 EUs (Execution Units) and a relatively low clock speed of 313 - 896 MHz, the GPU is even slower than the HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge). Therefore, only older and less demanding games will run fluently. Compared to the HD Graphics in the slower Pentium N3510 and N3520, the N3530 and N3540 are clocked slightly faster (750/854 MHz vs. 896 MHz).

Power Consumption

The entire SoC is rated at a TDP of 7.5 Watts (4.5 SDP - Scenario Design Power). Thus, the chip can be used in compact subnotebooks and convertibles.

SeriesIntel Pentium
CodenameBay Trail-M
Clock Rate2160 - 2660 MHz
Level 1 Cache224 KB
Level 2 Cache2048 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)7.5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1170
FeaturesIntel HD Graphics (Bay Trail, 313 - 896 MHz), Intel 64, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, Quick Sync, Wireless Display
GPUIntel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) (313 - 896 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x
Announcement Date05/22/2014
Product Link (external)Intel Pentium N3540

Benchmarks

Octane V2 - Total Score
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min: 4996      avg: 5032.7 (13%)     median: 5050 (13%)     max: 5052 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 41      avg: 42 (24%)     median: 42 (24%)     max: 43 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 152      avg: 156 (10%)     median: 157 (10%)     max: 158 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
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min: 6205.4      avg: 6223.1 (10%)     median: 6209.8 (10%)     max: 6254.1 ms
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 3254      avg: 3267.7 (20%)     median: 3267 (20%)     max: 3282 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 982      avg: 987 (21%)     median: 988 (21%)     max: 991 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 3499      avg: 3499 (18%)     median: 3499 (18%)     max: 3499 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 1061      avg: 1061 (29%)     median: 1061 (29%)     max: 1061 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 1519      avg: 1758.3 (4%)     median: 1815.5 (5%)     max: 1883 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 14125      avg: 19781.5 (13%)     median: 21511 (14%)     max: 21979 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
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min: 2561      avg: 2561 (27%)     median: 2561 (27%)     max: 2561 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
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min: 2378      avg: 2378 (27%)     median: 2378 (27%)     max: 2378 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
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min: 3647      avg: 3647 (21%)     median: 3647 (21%)     max: 3647 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
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min: 4235      avg: 4235 (27%)     median: 4235 (27%)     max: 4235 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
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min: 3490      avg: 3490 (24%)     median: 3490 (24%)     max: 3490 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
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min: 282.1      avg: 294.6 (7%)     median: 296.5 (7%)     max: 303.3 ms
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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min: 0.147      avg: 0.1 (0%)     median: 0.1 (0%)     max: 0.147 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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min: 0.229      avg: 0.2 (0%)     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.229 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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min: 0.293      avg: 0.3 (3%)     median: 0.3 (3%)     max: 0.293 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
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min: 11.12      avg: 11.1 (13%)     median: 11.1 (13%)     max: 11.12 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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min: 54.34      avg: 54.3 (27%)     median: 54.3 (27%)     max: 54.34 fps
WinRAR - Result
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min: 1210      avg: 1210 (17%)     median: 1210 (17%)     max: 1210 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
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min: 689.252      avg: 689.3 (8%)     median: 689.3 (8%)     max: 689.252 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m
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min: 21.924      avg: 21.9 (4%)     median: 21.9 (4%)     max: 21.924 seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
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min: 1678      avg: 1817.3 (14%)     median: 1880 (14%)     max: 1894 points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 0.49      avg: 0.5 (24%)     median: 0.5 (24%)     max: 0.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 1.88      avg: 1.9 (11%)     median: 1.9 (11%)     max: 1.93 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
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min: 1959      avg: 1959.5 (22%)     median: 1959.5 (22%)     max: 1960 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
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min: 6670      avg: 6707.5 (19%)     median: 6707.5 (19%)     max: 6745 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
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min: 1339      avg: 1362.8 (20%)     median: 1363.5 (20%)     max: 1385 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
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min: 4496      avg: 4707 (14%)     median: 4752 (14%)     max: 4828 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M -
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min: 32.689      avg: 32.7 (7%)     median: 32.7 (7%)     max: 32.689 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M -
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min: 71.675      avg: 71.7 (3%)     median: 71.7 (3%)     max: 71.675 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M -
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min: 1541.95      avg: 1542 (0%)     median: 1542 (0%)     max: 1541.95 Seconds
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

#0 Did not recreate cache, as it is less than 5 days old +0.001s ... 0.001s

#1 min, max, avg, median took 0.00033855438232422s +0.604s ... 0.605s

#2 return log +0.001s ... 0.606s

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Pentium

» Intel Pentium 3560M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 2030M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3550M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 2020M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3825U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium B980
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium B970
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium B960
   2.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3805U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium B950
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium P6300
   2.27 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium 2127U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium B940
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3558U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3556U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 2117U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium P6200
   2.13 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium P6100
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium N3540
   2.16 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium P6000
   1.86 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium J2900
   2.41 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium N3530
   2.16 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium N3700
   1.6 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium J2850
   2.4 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium N3520
   2.17 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium N3510
   2 GHz / 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 997
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 987
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3561Y
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 3560Y
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 2129Y
   1.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 977
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium 967
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium U5600
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium 957
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
» Intel Pentium U5400
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Pentium SU2700
   1.3 GHz / 2 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Celeron B840
   1.9 GHz / 0 MB + 2 MB
- Intel Pentium P6100
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Celeron M P4600
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
- AMD A-Series A6-5350M
   2.9 GHz / 1 MB
- AMD A-Series A6-5357M
   2.9 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Pentium N3540
   2.16 GHz / 2 MB
+ AMD A-Series A6-5200
   2 GHz / 2048 KB
+ AMD Turion II M560
   2.5 GHz / 1024 KB
+ AMD Athlon II N370
   2.5 GHz / 1024 KB
+ AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Desktop) 4800+
   2.4 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Pentium P6000
   1.86 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-05-27)