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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 52.81W More than 15% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 15% 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 II X2 B24

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AMD Athlon II X2 B24

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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 more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.07 GHz vs 3.43 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon II X2 B24

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon II X2 B24 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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

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 1.44 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon II X2 B24 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 3 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 2,224.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.07 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A
Intel Core i3 3220
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