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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3330

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3330

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
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
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.58 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD A8 3800

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AMD A8 3800

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 70.5 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
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 A8 3800

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3800
2,344

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3330
2,814
A8 3800
4,230

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
8,286
A8 3800
4,656

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
2,616
A8 3800
1,308

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
2,170,000 MB/s
A8 3800
102,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3330
8,088
A8 3800
4,510

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 3330
5,905
A8 3800
3,064

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 3330
1,697
A8 3800
860

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3330  vs
A8 3800 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
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 2.2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 72.31W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3330  vs
A8 3800 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.38 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.58 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz 3.2 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6550D
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i5 3330
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