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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 2.3 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 4,229 vs 1,145 Around 3.8x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 691 More than 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,351 vs 1,629 More than 3.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.89 pt/W More than 3x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.75 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 3.13 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 15% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+

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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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon 64 X2 4400+

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 4400+
85.5 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2
939

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 4400+ 
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

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 3.13 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 1,605.4
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.75 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 65W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.89 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W
Intel Core i3 3220
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