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Differences What are the advantages of each

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 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 270

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon II X2 270 vs the Intel Core i3 3220.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon II X2 270

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 X2 270
136,900 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 II X2 270 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.4 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 X2 270 
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

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.02 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 4.09 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 810.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.02 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 2.03 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W
Intel Core i3 3220
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