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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 81.25W 45% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 24.09 $/year 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 87.6 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2012 Release date 8 months later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 631

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AMD Athlon II X4 631

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz vs 3.43 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70.1 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon II X4 631

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 X4 631
109,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon II X4 631 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 100W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 87.6 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 81.25W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon II X4 631 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 2 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 70.1°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 5
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.03 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 AMD Radeon Aug 15, 2011

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i3 3220
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