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Front view of Intel Core i3 3250

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3250

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 65W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.71 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 70.08 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 19.27 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of AMD Phenom II X2 B55

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AMD Phenom II X2 B55

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 3.59 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3250 vs Phenom II X2 B55

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 3250
180,300 MB/s
Phenom II X2 B55
134,050 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3250  vs
Phenom II X2 B55 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 80W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 19.27 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 70.08 $/year
Performance per watt 2.87 pt/W 2.01 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 65W

details

Core i3 3250  vs
Phenom II X2 B55 
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 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.59 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.71 GHz 3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.59 GHz 3.72 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 3250
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