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Intel Core i3 3225 and 3220 review: entry-level Ivy Bridge

The first dual-core Ivy Bridge desktop processors.

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Introduction

When Intel launched the Ivy Bridge processors in April, it was limited to the Core i7 and Core i5 processors. In June a few more affordable i5 versions were added to the line-up, and last month saw the release of Core i3s and Pentiums in the Ivy Bridge family. Hardware.Info tested the Core i3 3220 and 3225, two processors with an average price of £96 and £111, respectively. 


The new Core i3 and Pentium processors are the first dual-core Ivy Bridge chips for desktop PCs.The main difference between those two versions is that the Core i3s have HyperThreading enabled and appear as quad-core CPUs, while the Pentiums don't have this feature. Neither have a turbo mode. In comparison, the Core i5s and Core i7s are quad-core CPUs with turbo, and the Core i7s also have HyperThreading.

Intel launched three standard Core i3 versions: the Core i3 3240, 3225 and 3220. They each have a TDP of 55 W and run at 3.4, 3.3 and 3.3 GHz. The 3225 is a little bit different, as it comes with a HD Graphics 4000 GPU with 16 shader units. The other two version only have HD Graphics 2500. In addition to the three standard Core i3 versions, Intel also introduced two T models with a TDP of 35 W. The 3240T and 3220T run at 2.9 and 2.8 GHz, respectively.

The new Pentium in the Ivy Bridge family is called the Pentium G2120. It has a clock frequency of 3.1 GHz, and has HD Graphics, which is a version of HD Graphics 2500. The main difference here is the lack of support for QuickSync, 3D monitors and Wireless Displays. Intel's version of HD video post-processing, called Clear Video HD, also is not included, and that means that this Pentium chip is not suited for HTPCs. The G2120 has a TDP of 55 W, just like the Core i3s. Intel also released a more energy-efficient T version, the G2100T runs at 2.6 GHz and has a TDP of 35 W.

Here you have an overview of all Ivy Bridge desktop processors.

Standard CPUs Cores HTT Freq. Turbo DDR3 L3-cache GPU GPU freq. GPU turbo TDP
Core i7 3770K 4 Yes 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 1600 MHz 8 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1150 MHz 77 W
Core i7 3770 4 Yes 3.4 GHz 3.9 GHz 1600 MHz 8 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1150 MHz 77 W
Core i5 3570K 4 - 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1150 MHz 77 W
Core i5 3570 4 - 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1150 MHz 77 W
Core i5 3550 4 - 3.3 GHz 3.7 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1150 MHz 77 W
Core i7 3470 4 - 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1100 MHz 77 W
Core i5 3450 4 - 3.1 GHz 3.5 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1100 MHz 77 W
Core i5 3350P 4 - 3.1 GHz 3.3 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB - - - 69W
Core i5 3330 4 - 3.0 GHz 3.2 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 77 W
Core i3 3240 2 Yes 3.4 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 55 W
Core i3 3225 2 Yes 3.3 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1050 MHz 55 W
Core i3 3220 2 Yes 3.3 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 55 W
Pentium G2120 2 - 3.1 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 650 MHz 1050 MHz 55 W
Energy-efficient CPUs Cores HTT Freq. Turbo DDR3 L3-cache GPU GPU freq. GPU turbo TDP
Core i7 3770T 4 Yes 2.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 1600 MHz 8 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1150 MHz 45 W
Core i7 3770S 4 Yes 3.1 GHz 3.9 GHz 1600 MHz 8 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1150 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3570T 4 - 2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1150 MHz 45 W
Core i5 3570S 4 - 3.1 GHz 3.8 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1150 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3550S 4 - 3.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1150 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3475S 4 - 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 4000 650 MHz 1100 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3470T 4 - 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1100 MHz 35 W
Core i5 3470S 4 - 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1100 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3450S 4 - 2.8 GHz 3.5 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1100 MHz 65 W
Core i5 3330S 4 - 2.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 1600 MHz 6 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 65 W
Core i3 3240T 2 Yes 2.9 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 35 W
Core i3 3220T 2 Yes 2.8 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 35 W
Pentium G2100T 2 - 2.6 GHz - 1600 MHz 3 MB HD 2500 650 MHz 1050 MHz 35 W

Before we were even able to request test samples from Intel, CD-ROM-LAND was kind enough to send us a Core i3 3225 and a 3220. They are more affordable than the other Ivy Bridge processors, costing £111 and £96, respectively, but AMD's Llano processors are still cheaper. The most advanced version, the A8-3870K is available for £83 already. This should prove to be an interesting showdown.

If you want to read more about all of the features in Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, please have a look at our comprehensive Core i7 3770K / Core i5 3570K review from April. This review will focus on the performance of the Core i3 3225 and 3220.

Compare

two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price
Intel Core i3 3220
REVIEW

Socket 1155, 3.3 GHz, 2 cores, 22 nm, 55 W, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£91.71

Avg. £92.27
5 shops, 4x stock

Intel Core i3 3225
REVIEW

Socket 1155, 3.3 GHz, 2 cores, 22 nm, 55 W, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£117.59

Avg. £117.59
1 shop, no stock


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