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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 3.2x higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 3.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 1500+

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AMD Athlon 64 1500+

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Much lower typical power consumption 7.31W vs 44.69W 6.1x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 7.88 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 6.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 2.17 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 6.1x lower annual home energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i3 3220  vs Athlon 64 1500+ 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i3 3220
3.43 GHz
Athlon 64 1500+
1.3 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i3 3220
3.46 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 1500+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
754

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 1500+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 1.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 1.3 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 9W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 2.17 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 7.88 $/year
Typical power consumption 44.69W 7.31W
Intel Core i3 3220
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