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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 1.6 GHz 2x higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
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 1,004 More than 4x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,713 vs 556 More than 3x better PassMark (Single core) score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 2.54 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 1.6 GHz 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250u

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AMD Athlon II X2 250u

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 81 °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 20.31W vs 44.69W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 2.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 2.2x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3210 vs Athlon II X2 250u

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 X2 250u
63,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3210  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 25W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 3.35 pt/W 2.52 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 20.31W

details

Core i3 3210  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 81°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 1.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,160.4 1,670.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 2.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A
Intel Core i3 3210
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