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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
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 A8 6500B

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AMD A8 6500B

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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
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date 9 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs A8 6500B

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3220
4.07 mHash/s
A8 6500B
45.56 mHash/s

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,251
A8 6500B
2,457

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i3 3220
2,654
A8 6500B
2,997

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
A8 6500B
4,555

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
A8 6500B
1,806

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
A8 6500B
1,910 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
A8 6500B
4,584

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 6500B 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 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
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

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

details

Core i3 3220  vs
A8 6500B 
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 None
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 74°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 8570D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 800 MHz

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 2.69 pt/W 2.31 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W
Intel Core i3 3220
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