CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 3850 among desktop CPUs

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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

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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 2.9 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 107.85W 2.4x lower typical power consumption
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
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 37.95 $/year 2.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 107.75 $/year 2.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.9 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
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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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.54 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A8 3850

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3220
4.07 mHash/s
A8 3850
43.84 mHash/s

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A8 3850
2,056

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3850
2,425

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A8 3850
4,576

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A8 3850
5,262

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A8 3850
1,517

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A8 3850
121,450 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A8 3850
3,489

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 3850 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.9 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

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6550D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

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

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 3850 
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 - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 25
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.9 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 2,465.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.54 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 100W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 37.95 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 107.75 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.39 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 107.85W
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