CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 6300 among desktop CPUs


Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Face detection and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Overall Performance and TDP


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Overall Performance and Price


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

AMD FX 6300 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 6300  based on its performance, overclocking and value.

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AMD FX 6300

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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
Significantly lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 1,446 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 5,814 vs 4,101 More than 40% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 62.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core Around 15% more l3 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 3 MB Around 2.8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better performance per dollar 8.13 pt/$ vs 3.33 pt/$ Around 2.5x better performance per dollar
Significantly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 7,541 vs 3,775.1 Around 2x better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.77 GHz vs 3.44 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads
Better PassMark score 6,444 vs 4,229 More than 50% better PassMark score
Better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 8,232 vs 5,707 Around 45% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better performance per watt 7.7 pt/W vs 6.06 pt/W More than 25% better performance per watt
Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 16,213 vs 12,548 Around 30% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Sep, 2012 Release date 1 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
FX 6300

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
FX 6300

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i3 3220
FX 6300

Cinebench R11.5

FX 6300

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 6300

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i3 3220  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
AVX 1.1
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

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
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s


Core i3 3220  vs
FX 6300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 0.5 MB 6 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 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 20
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 62.5°C


Overclock popularity 50 82
Overclocked clock speed 3.44 GHz 4.77 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.3 GHz 4.82 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 7,541
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.44 GHz 4.77 GHz

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 6.06 pt/W 7.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W
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Omg you people. I see many comments regarding power consumption. If you're gaming, you'll be pulling a lot of power. ffs, since when did a gamer even care about power consumption? Or at least that little of a difference. And for the people that are looking to just do daily office tasks, well I do not understand why you are here then. There are plenty of other CPUs out there that will run much cooler, due to lower frequencies and less cores, but will still get your job done good. Besides, if you're in your office at work, you should be fucking working, not playing damn games. I actually built a gaming rig for my friend a few days ago using this CPU (6300). I'm actually quite surprised how cool it ran. Especially compared to my CPU that is also 95w. But only a quad-core. The difference is quite huge. But his system was running at around 27-29 C under with around 25-35% usage. And this is air cooled. Using the CM Hyper Evo 212.
Lino- sorry for the rant, but I can't use my 8 core AMD during the summer, it gets too hot. I resort using my laptop. BTW- of my four computers at home (HTC, 2 offices, 1 laptop) are AMD. I'm disappointed that AMD has not made any forward progress in releasing a competitive CPU in the last 4 years. My next CPU will be an Intel, which I have not owned since 2005.
My Intel system costs $37 a year to run and my AMD system costs $39 a year...
40W will never make a noticeable difference in your energy bills,neither will make you buy much more expensive PSU.That 40W difefrence becomes much lower when not using all power of your CPU,so i don't thinkpower consumption is a factor to consider here.
I really don't see how this comparison is "too close to call". By the numbers, the FX 6300 look like the superior processor. Is CPUBoss biased against AMD?
The fact that mantle is still crappy is irrelevant, some games do already benefit quite a lot from it, though BF4 may not be amongst them (and I won't be surprised if it never will since EA is a shitsack company). I don't care if we are not seeing great advantages yet, the point is that Mantle itself is supposed to take advantage of multiple CPU cores in a smarter way, period. Your claim that Mantle has nothing to do with CPUs is plain wrong. Or do you think that AMD plain invented "Close to linear performance scaling from recording command buffers onto multiple CPU cores" out of their ass? "O yeah it also makes your cock 10% bigger!", nah. Plus mantle has been around since barely two months ago, what are you talking about?
When i said "research", i meant a REAL research, not some wikipedia information based on AMD marketing bullshit, we don't see any kind of these "CPU thingies" in a real gaming scenario. It is just an API designed for GNC GPUs that is under "beta" status for almost a year, and up till now this so called 45% of improvement on BF4 is something that is just NOT happening, at all! all that i see is a large group of users complaining about the mantle washed out graphics on BF4 than people talking about performance gains.
Maybe YOU should try to "research a bit". I will post from Mantle's wikipedia page: Up to 45% faster than Direct3D in Battlefield 4 and up to 319% faster in the Star Swarm demo in single GPU configuration[in extremely CPU-limited situations AMD claims that Mantle can generate up to 9 times more draw calls per second than comparable APIs by reducing CPU overhead Close to linear performance scaling from recording command buffers onto multiple CPU cores[5] Multithreaded parallel CPU rendering support for at least 8 cores. Of course a GCN GPU card is required to take advantage of these, but these are all CPU thingies.
Mantle has absolutely NOTHING to do with AMD CPUs, it is an API designed for GPUs, for christ's sake, try to research a little bit more before posting things like that.
FX 6300!
Oh my God Rick...yeah, its 170$ on the paper but in reality its nothing. You are just AMD hater with stupid mission of loosing time searching for anything that can help you in your stupid holly war against AMD!
FX-6300 all the way
If this difference comes down to $7/month, it equates to $84/year. Most enthusiast keep their systems for 2 years, so now this difference is $170. So the question comes down to this: Is that AMD processor $170 less than an Intel?
Yeah cause that $7 a month going to bankrupt you. Most people blow more than that in a week buying a Coffee from their local Starbucks or buying lunch every day. Just makes me laugh when people try and throw the yearly cost into the fray. In 1 month most average Jo's spent more than $83.22 without even thinking about it.
With the launch of the next Gen Consoles which are all using amd 8 core processors expect more games coming out to favor of the amd processors. Tbh if you are looking at gaming and want a budget or entry mid range the fx 6300 is a better choice over the i3's.
With Mantle coming, the 6-core will likely blast away the i3s (it's still better than i3s on modern games) and reach some high end i5s in terms of gaming, that's where the extra cores will come in handy. I expect actual results before saying anything else, but it looks like AMD will have a huge comeback in gaming performance because of the API rendering on every core available.
the i3 is better for gaming (littlebit) but is a dual core. the fx got 6 core and its good for gaming, software, etc. the i3 got some lagg in the desktop menu win 8
Well you don't have to be rude about it, although that's what is expected from a conversation from the Internet.. . But I'm running an 8350 over clocked which stock is 140 watts but oc is way more wattage. I also have a Corsair liquid heat exchanger and the rooms I'm in doesn't get hot at all, and that's along with an old guy with a crappy fan which reaches 80C plus (not good for my tastes) .. But anyways it seems it's up to readers and responders to agree or disagree now. This is just a comparison of the two CPU 's not how one company sucks compared to the other. The key is just keeping an open mind and using what works for you not just "Intel sucks" or "AMD sucks."
Blainec- #1 My processor produces 140 Watts + all the other components in the system, chiefly the PSU, Video card and MoBo. #2 I have a Corsair liquid heat exchanger along with 7 5" fans that efficiently extract the heat. Considering items #1 and #2 where does that extracted heat go??????? In my office of coarse. Power efficiency is the key to the server market and AMD has all but lost it. If you don't understand it, you should not post a reply.
I see your point but i just wanted to point out that the 8150 making your office hot doesn't add to your point. Thats just crappy cooling. Haswell has extremely low power consumption and is also extremely hot and therefore needs better cooling standards. Also with the 8350 AMD is stepping up its game so I wouldn't say that its 6 years behind Intel, but maybe two or three excluding the 8320/8350 considering the 8350 matches the 3770k in a lot of tests but not most.. Although the 9000 series processors are a pretty big failure from AMD in my opinion.. they could have killed the 3770k or the 4770k if they wanted to with that.. but thats another debate.
Nexus, In the category of processing power per watt Intel is mopping the floor with AMD. The Atom processor is 5 years old and is obsolete. I have an Fx 8150 and it is a real power hog. In mid day I need to turn it off because it makes my office to hot to work in. AMD has lost the lucrative server market because of its inefficiency. When AMD sold off its foundries it lost all control of decreasing it's geometry size and is now 6 years behind Intel. Face the facts it signed its death warrant. Best thing for AMD is to be purchased by Qualcom, worst thing to happen is having a Nvidia/Intel alliance.
So, first time i see that AMD i better then intel, exaple, intel atom is better then AMD fx 8150??? MD has much better GPU in CPU, cant see that and much cheaper then Intel. About energy, it is not true, if you paly the game, or when your computer is on stand by-or hybernation,etc, don't forget green power on AMD technology, semetimes they use on or two cpu (max 6) and frequencu is very low, 3 timer lower, so then CPU saves your money and max Power Consuption is above 20 W. In that case, intel was expencive, so my opinion and test resoult is different in my laborotorywhen im tested!
The choice becomes obvious when you look at the power savings. In just one year the discount value of the AMD is wiped out by the power savings of the Intel. The only area where AMD dominates is graphic performance and I think this is how the company stays alive.
fx 6300 its my choise, much better than a i3 :)
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