Intel Core i3-330M vs Intel Core i3-380M vs Intel Core i3-390M

Intel Core i3-330M

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The Intel Core i3-330M is a lower-middle class dual core CPU for laptops and clocks with 2.16 GHz. The difference to the Core i5-430M is the lacking Turbo Boost overclocking and the slower core speed. 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 i3-330M is the integrated graphics card called Intel HD Graphics or GMA HD and a DDR3 1066 MHz 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 in synthetic benchmarks is mostly on par with a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo P8600 (due to the improved hyperthreading). The speed should be at least as fast as a 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo and therefore the i3-330M positions itself in the middle class (lower middle class regarding Core i CPUs). It should handle all applications well, but some demanding games could profit from a faster CPU.

The 32nm cpu cores of the Westmere generation can also process some new instructions to accelerate AES encryptions. In the i3-330M Intel has deactivated these new AES functions.

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is known to be clocked up to 500 MHz 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. A GeForce 9400M (ION) should still be a faster (especially as Nvidia and ATI cards have a better driver support than Intel up to now). According to rumors, the GMA core will also use the Turbo Mode regulate the clock speed.

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).

Intel Core i3-380M

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The Intel Core i3-380M is a middle class dual core CPU for laptops and clocks with 2.53 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). It is part of the Arrandale refresh and successor to the 2.4 GHz i3-370M.

A feature of the new Core i3-380M 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 i3-380M should be at a level of a 2.6-2.7 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).

Intel Core i3-390M

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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).

Intel Core i3-330MIntel Core i3-380MIntel Core i3-390M
Intel Core i3Intel Core i3Intel Core i3
ArrandaleArrandaleArrandale
: Core i3 Arrandale
Intel Core i3-390M2667 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-380M2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-370M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-350M2260 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-330M2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-380UM1333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-330UM1200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-390M2667 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-380M2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-370M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-350M2260 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-330M2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-380UM1333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-330UM1200 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-390M2667 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-380M2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-370M2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-350M2260 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-330M2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-380UM1333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-330UM1200 MHz2 / 43 MB
2130 MHz2533 MHz2667 MHz
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512 KB512 KB512 KB
3 MB3 MB3 MB
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35 35 35
177+382 382+177 382+177
32 0.775 - 1 V (low frequency mode) 0.8 - 1.4 V32 32
81+114 mm281+114 mm281+114 mm2
90 (rPGA) -100 (BGA) °C105 °C90 (rPGA), 105 (BGA) °C
BGA1288, PGA988BGA1288, PGA988BGA1288, PGA988
Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrated GMA HD 500MHz, integrated DDR3 1066 memory controllerHyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 500-667MHz,Intel HD Graphics (500-667MHz)
Intel Core i3 330MIntel Core i3 380MIntel Core i3 390M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
330M +
min: 1.71     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (6%)     max: 1.77 Points
119%
380M +
min: 2.07     avg: 2.1     median: 2.1 (8%)     max: 2.2 Points
125%
390M +
2.2 Points (8%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
330M +
min: 1671     avg: 2300.6     median: 2330 (25%)     max: 2360 Points
121%
380M +
min: 2719     avg: 2788     median: 2808 (31%)     max: 2830 Points
121%
390M +
2829 Points (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
330M +
min: 5361     avg: 5513.1     median: 5491 (11%)     max: 6333 Points
119%
380M +
min: 6512     avg: 6557.6     median: 6554 (13%)     max: 6602 Points
117%
390M +
6405 Points (13%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
330M +
min: 6254     avg: 6556.6     median: 6552 (9%)     max: 6756 Points
119%
380M +
min: 7602     avg: 7797.3     median: 7810.5 (10%)     max: 7966 Points
116%
390M +
7623 Points (10%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
330M +
min: 1932     avg: 2778.7     median: 2863 (28%)     max: 2931 Points
121%
380M +
min: 3349     avg: 3434     median: 3457.5 (34%)     max: 3472 Points
123%
390M +
3534 Points (34%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
330M +
min: 477     avg: 853.5     median: 750 (9%)     max: 2356.66 seconds
102%
380M +
min: 620     avg: 621.3     median: 621 (7%)     max: 623 seconds
101%
390M +
681.9 seconds (8%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
330M +
min: 23     avg: 27.3     median: 23.9 (5%)     max: 63.96 seconds
101%
380M +
min: 19.7     avg: 20.1     median: 20 (4%)     max: 20.5 seconds
100%
390M +
22.5 seconds (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
330M +
min: 1906     avg: 2210.5     median: 2235 (16%)     max: 2280 Points
121%
380M +
min: 2671     avg: 2697.4     median: 2699 (19%)     max: 2731 Points
126%
390M +
2811 Points (20%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - Standard 1280x768 1280x768
100%
330M +
2204 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - Standard 1280x720
100%
330M +
min: 2203     avg: 2205     median: 2205 (69%)     max: 2207 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
330M +
min: 20     avg: 21     median: 21 (5%)     max: 24 Seconds
101%
380M +
min: 14     avg: 16.5     median: 17.3 (4%)     max: 17.5 Seconds
101%
390M +
17 Seconds (4%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
330M +
min: 47     avg: 49.3     median: 48 (2%)     max: 69 Seconds
100%
380M +
min: 41     avg: 42.2     median: 41.8 (2%)     max: 44.3 Seconds
100%
390M +
40 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
330M +
min: 1097     avg: 1158.2     median: 1104 (5%)     max: 1810 Seconds
101%
380M +
min: 947     avg: 954.1     median: 951 (4%)     max: 964.2 Seconds
101%
390M +
941 Seconds (4%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
330M +
min: 25565     avg: 27249.6     median: 26000 (12%)     max: 31260 MIPS
119%
380M +
31000 MIPS (15%)
151%
390M +
39140 MIPS (19%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
330M +
min: 20210     avg: 20477.9     median: 20300 (16%)     max: 22700 MFLOPS
129%
380M +
min: 26160     avg: 26285     median: 26285 (20%)     max: 26410 MFLOPS
135%
390M +
27400 MFLOPS (21%)
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
100%
330M +
min: 4624     avg: 5351.7     median: 5107 (32%)     max: 5958 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
330M +
min: 5.9     avg: 6.2     median: 6.2 (79%)     max: 6.2 points
110%
380M +
6.8 points (87%)
110%
390M +
6.8 points (87%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
330M +
min: 5043     avg: 6072.7     median: 6143 (10%)     max: 6244 Points
118%
380M +
min: 7240     avg: 7262     median: 7246 (12%)     max: 7300 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
380M +
min: 2073     avg: 2338.3     median: 2391.5 (13%)     max: 2497 points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-330M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-380M → 113%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-390M → 116%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)