CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of X3230 vs 3220 among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3220  based on its performance, single-core performance, power consumption and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Xeon X3230

Reasons to consider the
Intel Xeon X3230

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 0.5 MB 16x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.66 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per dollar 1.18 pt/$ vs 0.3 pt/$ Around 4x better performance per dollar
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,399 vs 2,522.5 Around 2.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,764 vs 1,039 Around 70% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jul, 2007 Release date over 5 years later
Better performance per watt 2.69 pt/W vs 0.92 pt/W Around 3x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 60.4 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.66 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xeon X3230 vs Core i3 3220

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3230
2,522.5
Core i3 3220
5,399

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3230
1,430.5
Core i3 3220
2,501

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Xeon X3230
136.55 MB/s
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Xeon X3230
3,443
Core i3 3220
4,229

PassMark (Single Core)

Xeon X3230
1,039
Core i3 3220
1,764

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Xeon X3230  vs
Core i3 3220 
Clock speed 2.66 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
LGA 1155

features

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

power consumption

TDP 95W 55W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 0.92 pt/W 2.69 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 44.69W

details

Xeon X3230  vs
Core i3 3220 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 10 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.4°C Unknown - 65.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.43 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.66 GHz 3.46 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,350.9 3,775.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 3.43 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
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