CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 3620 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3220  based on its performance, single-core performance and overclocking.

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Intel Core i3 3220

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Differences What are the advantages of each

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 2.5 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 4,229 vs 2,857 Around 50% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 795 Around 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.2 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 443 MHz More than 45% higher GPU clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Dec, 2011 Release date 8 months later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 60% 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
Front view of AMD A6 3620

Reasons to consider the
AMD A6 3620

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70.5 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A6 3620

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3620
1,670

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A6 3620
3,590

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A6 3620
4,173

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A6 3620
1,201

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A6 3620
94,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,351
A6 3620
3,994

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A6 3620
2,857

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
A6 3620
795

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A6 3620 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
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 3.38 pt/W 2.45 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A6 3620 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 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 - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.2 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6530D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
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