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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 85% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better PassMark score 4,229 vs 433 More than 9.8x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 663 Around 2.8x better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.47 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 90% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 3100+

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AMD Athlon 64 3100+

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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
Much lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 44.69W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 2.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 2.2x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon 64 3100+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 3100+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
754
462
AM2

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

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 3100+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.47 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 25W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 20.31W
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