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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 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,351 vs 2,064 More than 2.5x 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 0.64 pt/W Around 4.2x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.27 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Dec, 2008 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 7550

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AMD Athlon X2 7550

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 73 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Athlon X2 7550

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 X2 7550
88 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 X2 7550 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2+
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
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.64 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Athlon X2 7550 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 73°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.27 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.5 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 1,789.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.27 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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