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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 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 1.14 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.23 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 715

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AMD Phenom II X3 715

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x 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
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 2.8x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Phenom II X3 715

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom II X3 715 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2+
Is unlocked No Yes

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

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom II X3 715 
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 733.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.23 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 2.69 pt/W 1.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W
Intel Core i3 3220
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