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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 90 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 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.85 pt/W Around 3.2x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.25 GHz More than 50% 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 X2 3400+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3400+

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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 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 78 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 44.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 48.18 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 13.25 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon 64 X2 3400+

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 64 X2 3400+
48.7 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3400+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
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 X2 3400+ 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 78°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.25 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 1.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 1,253.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.25 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 35W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.85 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 28.44W
Intel Core i3 3220
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