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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Sep, 2011 Release date a year later
Front view of AMD A4 3400

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AMD A4 3400

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 71.5 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A4 3400

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A4 3400
1,378

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 3400
1,259

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A4 3400
2,594

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A4 3400
2,511

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A4 3400
1,367

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A4 3400
112,400 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A4 3400
1,595

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
A4 3400
903

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A4 3400 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 65W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A4 3400 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 71.5°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 10
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.7 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 1,356.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.5 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6410D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i3 3220
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