CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3220 vs 9950 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

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom X4 9950 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom X4 9950  based on its overclocking.

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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 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
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 113.75W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.88 pt/W More than 3x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 3.11 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 2.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 64 °C Almost the same
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 3.37 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9950

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AMD Phenom X4 9950

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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 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 9950

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 9950
99,900 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 9950 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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

power consumption

TDP 55W 140W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.88 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 113.75W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Phenom X4 9950 
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 - 64°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 3.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 3.37 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,775.1 2,145.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 3.11 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
Intel Core i3 3220
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