CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 3800+ 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

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3220  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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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
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 better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.73 pt/W Around 3.8x better performance per watt
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 better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 55 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2004 Release date over 8 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 3800+

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AMD Athlon 3800+

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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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon 3800+

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
Athlon 3800+
64.55 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 3800+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
939
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.73 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 36.56W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 3800+ 
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

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 7
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.8 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
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
Intel Core i3 3220
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