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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 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 779 More than 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,351 vs 1,857 Around 3x 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 0.61 pt/W Around 4.5x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 72.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.13 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Dec, 2006 Release date over 5 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 21.44 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 77.96 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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 5000+
64.85 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 5000+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2
Is unlocked No Yes

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 5000+ 
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 - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 1,518.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.13 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 89W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 72.31W
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