Intel Core I3 M330 Generation


Reviews for the Intel Core i3 330M processor

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.
Core i3 M 330IntelBench 38%, 14,003 samples304x
HD Graphics (Arrandale 0.667/0.766 GHz)IntelBench 0%, 89,090 samples232x
Mobility Radeon HD 4300ATIBench 1%, 2,747 samples157x
Mobility Radeon HD 5470ATIBench 1%, 15,823 samples56x
A400 240GBKingston €30Bench 67%, 368,849 samples16x
A400 120GBKingston €24Bench 60%, 150,398 samples9x
Green 240GB (2018)WD €42Bench 46%, 163,775 samples8x
M471B5673FH0-CF8 2x2GBSamsungBench 25%, 5,783 samples38x
HMT125S6BFR8C-G7 2x2GBHynixBench 24%, 1,830 samples37x
EBJ21UE8BDS0-AE-F 2x2GBUnknownBench 23%, 1,064 samples29x
EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDERValue: 19% - Very poorTotal price: €30


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  • 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).
  • Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit.
  • min: 1.71 avg: 1.7 median: 1.8 (3%) max: 1.77 Points.
  • Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. min: 1671 avg: 2301 median: 2330 (21%) max: 2360 points.
  • min: 5361 avg: 5513 median: 5491 (7%) max: 6333 points.
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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-330M Processor (3M Cache, 2.13 GHz)
Code NameArrandale
Launch DateQ1'10
Processor Numberi3-330M
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended Price$177.00
Clock Speed2.13 GHz
Bus Speed2.5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP35 W


Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Graphics Base Frequency500 MHz
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency667 MHz
Clear Video HD TechYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Macrovision License RequiredNo


Max Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 800/1066
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth17.1 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes


Package SizerPGA 37.5mmx 37.5mm, BGA 34mmx28mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography45 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedBGA1288, PGA988
Processing Die Size81 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors382 million
Graphics and IMC Die Size114 mm2
# of Graphics and IMC Die Transistors177 million

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo
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