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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Intel Core i3 3220

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Much more l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 85% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better PassMark score 4,229 vs 407 Around 10.5x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 513 Around 3.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.6 pt/W Around 4.5x better performance per watt
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 50.38W More than 10% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 14.94 $/year More than 10% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 54.31 $/year More than 10% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Sempron 3000+

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AMD Sempron 3000+

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Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Sempron 3000+

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i3 3220  vs
Sempron 3000+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


Core i3 3220  vs
Sempron 3000+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.13 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.13 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 70°C

integrated graphics

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

power consumption

TDP 55W 62W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 14.94 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 54.31 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 0.6 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 50.38W
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