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Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

Reasons to consider the
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 2 GHz Around 65% 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
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.93 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Sempron 3500+

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AMD Sempron 3500+

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 78 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 44.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 48.18 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 13.25 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3220 vs Sempron 3500+

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
Sempron 3500+
181.4 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3220  vs
Sempron 3500+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

power consumption

TDP 55W 35W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 2.69 pt/W 1.35 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 28.44W

details

Core i3 3220  vs
Sempron 3500+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0 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 - 78°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.43 GHz 2.66 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.93 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.43 GHz 2.66 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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