CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 8320 among desktop CPUs

Performance

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 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 8320 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 8320  based on its performance, overclocking and value.

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AMD FX 8320

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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 better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 5,814 vs 3,987 More than 45% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 101.56W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 1,402 More than 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 61.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 30.11 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 109.5 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD FX 8320

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AMD FX 8320

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 0.5 MB 16x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 9,798 vs 5,351 Around 85% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
More cores 8 vs 2 6 more 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
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 10,352 vs 5,399 More than 90% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better cinebench r10 32Bit score 20,870 vs 12,548 More than 65% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.64 GHz vs 3.43 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better performance per dollar 7.34 pt/$ vs 1.5 pt/$ Around 5x better performance per dollar
Better performance per watt 7.93 pt/W vs 3.41 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz vs 3.48 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Sep, 2012 Release date 1 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs FX 8320

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,399
FX 8320
10,352

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
2,501
FX 8320
2,066

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
FX 8320
2,320,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,351
FX 8320
9,798

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
5,707
FX 8320
10,594

GeekBench

Core i3 3220
8,919
FX 8320
11,631

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i3 3220
4,229
FX 8320
8,183

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i3 3220
1,764
FX 8320
1,402

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
FX 8320 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Octa 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
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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

details

Core i3 3220  vs
FX 8320 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 0.5 MB 8 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 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 20
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 61.1°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 50 63
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 4.64 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 4.76 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 9,317
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 4.64 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 125W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 3.41 pt/W 7.93 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 101.56W
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