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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 newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.92 pt/W Around 3x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 101.56W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.77 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 61 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 109.5 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 30.11 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Mar, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9750

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9750

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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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Phenom X4 9750

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
Phenom X4 9750
93,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom X4 9750 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2+
Is unlocked No No

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

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 2.69 pt/W 0.92 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 101.56W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom X4 9750 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
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

Overclock popularity 50 2
Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.77 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.77 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
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