CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 5550M among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

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

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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 2.1 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 720 MHz More than 45% better turbo clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 995 More than 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 515 MHz More than 25% higher GPU clock speed
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 4,019 vs 2,795 Around 45% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.82 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.51 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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AMD A8 5550M

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 60% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 44.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better cloud gate score 3,210 vs 2,654 More than 20% better cloud gate score
Slightly better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,349 vs 2,251 Around 5% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Newer Mar, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date 6 months later
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 48.18 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 13.25 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A8 5550M

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A8 5550M
2,349

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A8 5550M
3,210

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A8 5550M
3,213

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A8 5550M
1,387

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A8 5550M
1,680,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A8 5550M
3,010

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 5550M 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.1 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
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 35W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 3.52 pt/W 11.72 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 28.44W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 5550M 
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 - 105°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.51 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.82 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 8550G
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 515 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 720 MHz

memory controller

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