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Front view of Intel Core i5 3330

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3330

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Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.5 GHz 20% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.58 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz vs 3.32 GHz Almost the same
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Sep, 2011 Release date a year later
Front view of AMD A4 3300

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AMD A4 3300

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Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3330 vs A4 3300

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3330
2.82 mHash/s
A4 3300
13.78 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3330
-1 fps
A4 3300
0.23 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3330
2,420
A4 3300
1,592

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3330
2,814
A4 3300
1,940

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
8,286
A4 3300
2,415

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
2,616
A4 3300
1,297

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
2,170,000 MB/s
A4 3300
104,400 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3330  vs
A4 3300 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz None
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
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
EM64T
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 4.85 pt/W 1.34 pt/W
Typical power consumption 72.31W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3330  vs
A4 3300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclock popularity 2 3
Overclocked clock speed 3.38 GHz 3.32 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.58 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz 3.32 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
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