CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3470 vs 255 among desktop CPUs

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

6.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3470 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470

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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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 4.41 pt/W vs 0.8 pt/W More than 5.5x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 86.05W vs 116.42W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year vs 42.79 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year vs 113.7 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz vs 3.93 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 255

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AMD Athlon II X2 255

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x 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
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.8 GHz vs 3.67 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3470 vs Athlon II X2 255

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 i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s
Athlon II X2 255
125,000 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 i5 3470  vs
Athlon II X2 255 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad 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 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year 42.79 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year 113.7 $/year
Performance per watt 4.41 pt/W 0.8 pt/W
Idle power consumption 54.4W 76.3W
Peak power consumption 96.6W 129.8W
Typical power consumption 86.05W 116.42W

details

Core i5 3470  vs
Athlon II X2 255 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 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 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range Unknown - 1.13V 0.85 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 3.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz 3.93 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 3.8 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Latest DirectX 11.0 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
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