CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3225 vs 215 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

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

4.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3225 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3225

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3225

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Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

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AMD Athlon II X2 215

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3225 vs Athlon II X2 215

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 3225
169,900 MB/s
Athlon II X2 215
109,100 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 3225  vs
Athlon II X2 215 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3
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 65W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.97 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 52.81W

details

Core i3 3225  vs
Athlon II X2 215 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.3 GHz 3.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 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 3225
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