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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 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 34.18 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 114.41 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Oct, 2011 Release date 10 months later
Front view of AMD FX 4100

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AMD FX 4100

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.66 GHz vs 3.43 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70.5 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.99 GHz vs 3.46 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs FX 4100

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
FX 4100
5,176

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
FX 4100
1,827

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
FX 4100
2,150,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,351
FX 4100
4,993

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,707
FX 4100
5,580

GeekBench

Core i3 3220
8,919
FX 4100
6,919

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
FX 4100
4,051

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
FX 4100
1,221

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
FX 4100 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 34.18 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 114.41 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 6.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W N/A

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.1
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,200 MT/s

details

Core i3 3220  vs
FX 4100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 127
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.66 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 4.99 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 2,972.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.66 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
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