CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 3870K 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
AMD A8 3870K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A8 3870K  based on its overclocking.

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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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Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 1.03 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 40.03 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 138.41 $/year 2.9x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Dec, 2011 Release date 8 months later
Front view of AMD A8 3870K

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AMD A8 3870K

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
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
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.67 GHz vs 3.46 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A8 3870K

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3220
4.07 mHash/s
A8 3870K
46.8 mHash/s

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A8 3870K
2,346

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A8 3870K
4,726

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A8 3870K
5,602

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A8 3870K
1,597

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A8 3870K
126,200 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A8 3870K
3,596

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 3870K 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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 100W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 40.03 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 138.41 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.03 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W N/A

bus

Architecture DMI FSB
Number of links 1 4
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 3,200 MT/s

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 3870K 
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
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 30
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 32
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 3.67 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 2,107.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6550D
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 600 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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How the I3 3220 Better if the only thing that beeter is the Single-Core performance?
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