Intel Core i3 3225 

Released September, 2012
  • 3.3 GHz
  • Dual core
7.7 Out of 10

At £100, this Core i3-3225 is at the budget end of the spectrum, though it isn't the cheapest on offer.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
It's close at stock speeds, but the Intel chip falls behind when you start to consider the impressive overclocking performance of the AMD chips.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i3 3225 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

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PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i3 3225
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

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Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

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CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i3 3225
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

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Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i3 3225

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3225
5.78 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3225
0.81 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

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Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

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GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3225
169,900 MB/s
Core i3 3240
177,600 MB/s
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i3 3225

If you're not going to let a discrete card anywhere near your PC then the Trinity chip will deliver almost gaming-capable performance on its own, and the FX-6200 will defeat the i3-3225 in most tests.

It is only a dual core, however has 4 threads, runs on Ivy Bridge technology 22nm, and can be overclocked if needs be.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

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I should also mention with the Arctic Freezer Pro 7 Rev 2 cooler and Arctic MX-2 paste it didn't exceed 60c on P95.
by Totally-Dubbed (Feb, 2013)
The HD 7660D graphics in the Trinity chip outperforms the HD 4000 on the Intel side by a huge margin - we hit 27fps in Batman: Arkham City at 'v high' settings at 1080p.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
For us, the real competition for this i3 chip is the six-core FX-6200.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)


Seeing the nature of benchmark performance of the HD4000's over its younger brother, it was foolish of me not to spend the extra £10 for the i3-3225.
by Totally-Dubbed (Feb, 2013)
In this price range you can take your pick of the competition - AMD has three different options for around the £100 mark and that should give pause for thought for even the most ardent Intel fan.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
The i3-3225 barely managed 16fps.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)


That's a massive shame for the eager budget overclockers, but Intel obviously doesn't want anyone getting i5 performance out of an i3 chip, even if it has to introduce artificial barriers.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
This processor really complements the PC's performance.
by Totally-Dubbed (Feb, 2013)
The i3-3225's general CPU performance is pretty good, but when you consider the similarly priced AMD chips - with access to overclocking - it starts to look a little off the pace.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)


It will still keep a decent GPU filled in games though.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
The Intel Ivy Bridge technology is the finest desktop processor tech this side of Haswell, and for the PC build without severe budgetary constraints, it's the architecture we're telling you to stick into your gaming rig.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)


The current Core i3 range of CPUs is the real entry point for getting Ivy Bridge.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)
As is the way with i3 chips, this is a dual-core CPU, but unlike the i5 range, Intel has turned HyperThreading back on.
by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type LGA 1155
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 3.74 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W


Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C


Overclock popularity 28
Overclock review score 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB
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