CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 5500 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

7.7

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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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Slightly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 5,814 vs 3,571 Around 65% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Slightly lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.23 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.51 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A8 5500

Reasons to consider the
AMD A8 5500

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Significantly 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
Significantly better cloud gate score 4,480 vs 2,654 Around 70% better cloud gate score
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,627 vs 2,251 More than 15% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Better geekbench 3 AES single core score 2,070,000 MB/s vs 173,000 MB/s Around 12x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Better performance per dollar 5.09 pt/$ vs 1.55 pt/$ More than 3.2x better performance per dollar
Higher GPU clock speed 760 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 15% higher GPU clock speed
Better performance per watt 7.74 pt/W vs 3.52 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Sep, 2012 Release date more than a month later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A8 5500

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A8 5500
2,627

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 5500
2,666

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A8 5500
4,480

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A8 5500
4,972

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A8 5500
1,806

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A8 5500
2,070,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A8 5500
3,996

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
A8 5500
1,269

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 5500 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.2 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
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
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 3.52 pt/W 7.74 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 5500 
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
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.51 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 7560D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 760 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
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Facts are tweaked, i3-3220 has 3 MB Smart Cache, not mentioned above.
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