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Front view of Intel Core i3 3210

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3210

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 2.2x higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 4,021 vs 771 Around 5.2x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,713 vs 443 More than 3.8x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,116 vs 1,093 Around 4.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 3.35 pt/W vs 0.32 pt/W Around 10.5x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 97.88W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 2.48 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 40.46 $/year 3.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 89.18 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Nov, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 3250e

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3250e

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3210 vs Athlon 64 X2 3250e

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3210
167,100 MB/s
Athlon 64 X2 3250e
41.1 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3210  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3250e 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 1.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 3210  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3250e 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 85°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 2.48 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 1.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 2.48 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 22W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 40.46 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 89.18 $/year
Performance per watt 3.35 pt/W 0.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 97.88W
Intel Core i3 3210
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3250e
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