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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 2 GHz More than 60% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 4,021 vs 626 Around 6.5x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,713 vs 634 Around 2.8x better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 3.11 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II 170u

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AMD Athlon II 170u

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 80 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 16.25W vs 44.69W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 17.52 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.82 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3210 vs Athlon II 170u

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 II 170u
78,400 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3210  vs
Athlon II 170u 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
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 II 170u 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 80°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 3.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,160.4 1,383.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 3.11 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 20W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 4.82 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 17.52 $/year
Performance per watt 3.35 pt/W 3.3 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 16.25W
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