Intel Core i3-3220 vs Intel Core i5-2500

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Intel Core i3-3220 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-2500
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i5-2500

CPU comparison

Intel Core i3-3220 or Intel Core i5-2500 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i3-3220 has 2 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.30 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i3-3220 was released in Q3/2012.

The Intel Core i5-2500 has 4 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.70 GHz. The CPU supports up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-2500 was released in Q1/2011.
Intel Core i3 (205) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
Intel Core i 3000 (31) CPU group Intel Core i 2000 (28)
3 Generation 2
Ivy Bridge S Architecture Sandy Bridge S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i3-3220 has 2 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i3-3220 is 3.30 GHz while the Intel Core i5-2500 has 4 CPU cores and 4 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-2500 is at 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz).

Intel Core i3-3220 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
2 Cores 4
4 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.30 GHz Frequency 3.30 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.70 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) --

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i3-3220 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Intel Core i3-3220 or Intel Core i5-2500 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.85 GHz
1.05 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
7 GPU Generation 6
22 nm Technology 32 nm
3 Max. displays 2
6 Compute units 6
48 Shader 48
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
11.0 DirectX Version 10.1

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i3-3220 can use up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 25.6 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-2500 supports up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 21.3 GB/s.

Intel Core i3-3220 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
DDR3-1600 Memory DDR3-1333
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
25.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 21.3 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
3.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 2.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Intel Core i3-3220 is 55 W, while the Intel Core i5-2500 has a TDP of 95 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Intel Core i3-3220 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
55 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 95 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i3-3220 is manufactured in 22 nm and has 3.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-2500 is manufactured in 32 nm and has a 6.00 MB cache.

Intel Core i3-3220 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
22 nm Technology 32 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1155
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q3/2012 Release date Q1/2011
117 $ Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i3-3220 (86%)
Intel Core i5-2500 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i3-3220 (60%)
Intel Core i5-2500 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
648 (88%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
737 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1376 (57%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2425 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
558 (88%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
633 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1195 (65%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1845 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
Intel HD Graphics 2500 @ 1.05 GHz
101 (95%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.10 GHz
106 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2246 (54%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
4150 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
279 (82%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
340 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
812 (62%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1313 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2531 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
254 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
639 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
115 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3220 Intel Core i3-3220
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
295 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

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