CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3210 vs 720


Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3210

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3210

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Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,704 vs 978 Around 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.34 vs 0.84 Around 60% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Marginally newer Jan, 2013 vs Feb, 2009 Release date over 4 years later
More threads 4 vs 3 1 more threads
Better performance per watt 9.23 pt/W vs 4.27 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Better PassMark score 3,894 vs 2,722 Around 45% better PassMark score
Slightly better geekbench (64-bit) score 5,726 vs 4,209 More than 35% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 720

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X3 720

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 3 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
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
Significantly higher Maximum Operating Temperature 73 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 10% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
More l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.62 GHz vs 3.26 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.86 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3210 vs Phenom II X3 720

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i3 3210  vs
Phenom II X3 720 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


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


Core i3 3210  vs
Phenom II X3 720 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 45 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 73°C


Overclock popularity 1 56
Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 3.62 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 3.86 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,160.4 2,146.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 3.62 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 9.23 pt/W 4.27 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W
Intel Core i3 3210
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