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Intel Core i3 3217U

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3217U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3217U

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,887 vs 997 Around 3x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 65 °C More than 60% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 36.56W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 6.98 pt/W vs 0.93 pt/W More than 7.5x better performance per watt
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,441 vs 1,024 More than 40% better geekbench 3 single core score
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Better PassMark score 2,299 vs 626 Around 3.8x better PassMark score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 10.84 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year vs 39.42 $/year 2.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
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Significantly higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.24 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 80% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3217U vs Athlon 64 LE-1640

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 3217U
93,600 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 3217U  vs
Athlon 64 LE-1640 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
BGA 1023
AM2

features

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

details

Core i3 3217U  vs
Athlon 64 LE-1640 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 65°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.8 GHz 3.24 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 3.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.8 GHz 3.24 GHz

power consumption

TDP 17W 45W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 6.98 pt/W 0.93 pt/W
Typical power consumption 13.81W 36.56W
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