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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 1.3 GHz More than 2.5x higher clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,351 vs 1,178 More than 4.5x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 436 More than 4x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,399 vs 1,216 Around 4.5x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Apr, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II Neo N36L

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AMD Athlon II Neo N36L

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 9.75W vs 44.69W 4.6x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 2.89 $/year vs 13.25 $/year 4.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 10.51 $/year vs 48.18 $/year 4.6x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon II Neo N36L

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 II Neo N36L
52.3 MB/s

GeekBench (32-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 II Neo N36L 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
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 II Neo N36L 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 95°C

overclocking

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

power consumption

TDP 55W 12W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 2.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 10.51 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 2.75 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 9.75W
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