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Intel Core i3 3210

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Feb, 2009 Release date over 4 years later
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better geekbench 3 single core score 2,357 vs 1,552 More than 50% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better PassMark score 3,912 vs 2,703 Around 45% better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 3 1 more threads
Better performance per watt 4.06 pt/W vs 1.65 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
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
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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
Much 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) 3.64 GHz vs 3.26 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.32 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

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

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
Phenom II X3 720
119,600 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

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
AM3
Is unlocked No Yes

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

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 4.06 pt/W 1.65 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W

details

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 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 73°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 56
Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 3.64 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 4.32 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,160.4 2,146.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 3.64 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
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