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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 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
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 2.8 GHz Around 25% 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 Dec, 2011 Release date 8 months later
Front view of AMD A4 3420

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AMD A4 3420

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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
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.58 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A4 3420

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A4 3420
1,104

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A4 3420
2,474

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A4 3420
2,532

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A4 3420
1,403

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A4 3420
113,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,351
A4 3420
2,510

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A4 3420
1,679

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
A4 3420
929

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A4 3420 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1

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 3420 
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
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.58 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 AMD 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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