AMD FX-8320 vs Intel Core i3-3210

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AMD FX-8320 advantages



AMD FX-8320
  • The FX-8320 has 74% better performance in multi-threaded applications, or when running multiple single-threaded tasks.
  • The processor performs 27% faster in memory-intensive programs.
  • This CPU incorporates AES extension to the instruction set. These instructions provide hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and are valuable if you run applications, that protect your disk or network data.
  • The microprocessor includes FMA3 and XOP instructions, that were introduced in the recent past. These extensions are not widely supported by programs yet, however their support should improve in future applications.
  • The CPU has FMA4 instruction set extension. The FMA4 technology is only offered on AMD microprocessors, thus not many software vendors may support it in the future.
  • The microprocessor features unlocked clock multiplier. The CPU can be effortlessly overclocked on most motherboards to get higher performance.

Intel Core i3-3210 advantages



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  • The Intel Core i3-3210 processor performs 32% better in single-threaded tasks.
  • In addition to 2 CPU cores, the microprocessor integrates HD 2500 graphics unit. This graphics is not powerful enough to play latest games at full resolution, but it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Power consumption of the Intel Core i3-3210 is lower.

FX-8320 vs i3-3210 performance comparison

The charts illustrate relative performance of FX-8320 and Core i3-3210 CPUs in a number of different types of applications. The numbers in the charts are based on several benchmarks, that you can see in the "Benchmarks" tab. As a result, the shown results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests. The 'Overall performance' calculates an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each task type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.32
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.74
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.27
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.25
 
1
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD FX-8320       - Intel Core i3-3210

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for exhaustive list of benchmarks, demonstrating performance difference between FX-8320 and i3-3210 in various types of programs.


FX-8320 vs i3-3210 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
125W
 
55W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of FX-8320 vs Core i3-3210 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both processors you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

FX-8320 Core i3-3210
General recommendations:
Somewhat faster overall,
Supports FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Allows effortless overclocking
  General recommendations:
Higher performance in single-threaded programs,
Comes with HD 2500 GPU,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Not as fast in single-threaded programs,
Lacks integrated GPU,
Requires considerably more power
 

Drawbacks:

Performs worse in all kinds of tasks,
Does not support some instructions

Similar processors

FX-8320 Core i3-3210
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as AMD FX-8320 and Intel i3-3210, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD FX-8320 and Intel Core i3-3210 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD FX-8320Intel Core i3-3210
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyFX-SeriesCore i3
Basic details
Model numberFX-8320i3-3210
CPU part numberFD8320FRW8KHKCM8063701392300
Box part numberFD8320FRHKBOXBX80637I33210
BXC80637I33210
Introduction dateOctober 23, 2012January 20, 2013
Current official price$153 (as of Jan 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameVisheraIvy Bridge
Platform nameVolan 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0320.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM3+Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)35003200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)4000 
Bus speed (MHz)2600 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier 32
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)8192512
L3 cache (KB)81923072
Max temperature (°C) 65.3
TDP (Watt)12555
Cores82
Threads84
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
BMI1 / Bit Manipulation+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
FMA4 / 4-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
XOP / eXtended Operations+-
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD 2500
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD FX-8320" or "Intel Core i3-3210" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a complete set of AMD FX-8320 and Intel Core i3-3210 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard with 4GB dual-channel Crucial BallistixPC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory, and MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Radeon). The latter processor was tested on ASUS P8H61-M motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory, and Integrated on-chip Intel Sandy Bridge graphics.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


FX-8320 vs Intel Core i3-3210 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
100%
46.1%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
65.1%

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
100%
84.3%

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
100%
90.2%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
72.2%

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
77.2%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
49.7%

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
94.0%


FX-8320 vs Intel Core i3-3210 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

3DMark06 CPU score benchmark

Estimates processor performance based on how fast it runs such CPU-intensive code as game logic, physics and pathfinding AI. The test requires DirectX 9.0.
100%
60.3%

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
64.1%

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
72.6%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
52.2%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
66.2%

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
66.2%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

100%
99.6%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

100%
93.4%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
61.9%

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
100%
48.6%

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
53.8%

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
46.8%

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
54.7%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
58.2%

MySQL 5.0.96 - selecting data benchmark

Shows sustained number of SQL requests per second served by local instance of MySQL server v5.0.96. This test scales well with the number of CPU cores.
100%
60.1%

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
92.2%

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
81.5%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
52.3%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
61.1%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
34.7%

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
90.1%

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
71.2%

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
45.7%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
62.6%


FX-8320 vs Intel Core i3-3210 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.

    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
100%
23.3%

3DMark06 3DMark score benchmark

Measures 3D graphics and game performance of CPU/GPU combination by running 4 game simulations, that make extensive use of DirectX 9.0/9.0C capabilities.
100%
26.9%

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
42.5%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
33.0%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
30.3%


FX-8320 vs Intel Core i3-3210 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD FX-8320           Intel Core i3-3210

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
90.9%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

100%
89.4%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
87.7%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
79.6%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
60.5%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD FX-8320 and Intel Core i3-3210 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyFX-SeriesCore i3 Mobile
Model / Processor NumberFX-8320i3-3210
Frequency3511 MHz3191 MHz
CWID version0.40.5
Part numberFD8320FRW8KHKCM8063701392300
S-Spec / Stepping CodeFA 1236PGNSR0YY
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3210 CPU @ 3.20GHz
Cores82
Compute units4 
Logical processors84
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
CPUID signature600F20306A9
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model 2 (02h)58 (03Ah)
Stepping 0 (00h) 9 (09h)
SocketAM3+ 
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity4-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size8 x 16 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments1 cache per 2 coresDirect-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size4 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments1 cache per 2 coresNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size4 x 2 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity64-way set associative12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size64 bytes
L3: Lines per tag1 
L3: Size8 MB3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AES+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
AVX+
BMI1+-
F16C+
FMA+-
FMA4+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3+
TBM+-
XOP+-
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
Enhanced REP MOVSB/STOSB-+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RD/WR FSGSBASE instructions-+
RDTSCP+
SKINIT / STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE / XRESTORE states+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
Turbo Core+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF / SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Lightweight profiling support+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Supervisor Mode Execution Protection-+
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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