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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 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Better PassMark (Single core) score 879 vs 578 More than 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Better PassMark score 2,299 vs 370 Around 6.2x better PassMark score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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Higher clock speed 2 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.54 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 40% 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
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.13 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3217U vs Athlon MP 2600+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3217U  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
BGA 1023
462
563

features

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

details

Core i3 3217U  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
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 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.8 GHz 2.54 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 13.81W N/A
Intel Core i3 3217U
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