I3 540 or athlon ii x3 440?

Which one is better: intel core i3 540 3.06GHZ dual core -- or amd athlon ii x3 440 triple core 3.0GHz?

Thanks.
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  1. Are you asking which is better for gaming? Or which is better for overall computer usage?
    It's a very close match in overall performance.
  2. Here is one way to look at the comparison.
    Passmark CPU benchmark scores:

    Intel Core i3 540 @ 3.07GHz = 2865
    AMD Athlon II X3 440 = 2560
  3. sliem said:
    Which one is better: intel core i3 540 3.06GHZ dual core -- or amd athlon ii x3 440 triple core 3.0GHz?

    Thanks.

    If you mean better in terms of absolute performance, the i3 540 beats the X3 440.
    But if you mean Performance/Price ratio, the i3 is way below the X3.
    http://paulisageek.com/compare/cpu/

    Go for the X3.
  4. Here is a good review that can maybe answer your questions.
    It used the X3 435, not the X3 440. But you should be able to get a good impression about gaming and productivity comparison.
    Clarkdale Review: Intel's Core i5 661, i3 540 & i3 530 @ AnanadTech

    Both CPUs would make a great system. We like the X3 435/440 for it's overall build cost.
    For a whole system look over at the Homebuilt Systems forum topic Recommended Builds by Usage
    They have suggested x3 435 and i3 530 options.
  5. Thanks guys. Fry's has a deal on i3 540 with motherboard for $140 and that's a good price. It's also mainly for gaming, so I'll go with the i3.
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