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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 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 55 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Feb, 2007 Release date over 5 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon 3500+

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AMD Athlon 3500+

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x 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
Lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 44.69W Around 20% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 48.18 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 13.25 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i3 3220  vs Athlon 3500+ 

clock speed

Core i3 3220
3.3 GHz
Athlon 3500+
2.2 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 3500+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 3500+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 55°C

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 55W 45W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 39.42 $/year
Typical power consumption 44.69W 36.56W
Intel Core i3 3220
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