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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3220

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9700

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AMD Phenom X4 9700

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Phenom X4 9700

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom X4 9700 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

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 X4 9700 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 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 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 61°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.44 GHz 3.74 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.44 GHz 3.74 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 2.81 pt/W 3.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 101.56W
Intel Core i3 3220
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AMD Phenom X4 9700
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