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AMD’s Phenom ii vs. Intel Core i3

AMD’s Phenom ii vs. Intel Core i3

Sheela Murthy from Wisconsis asked this question

Question – Which of the two processors is better – AMD’s Phenom ii vs. Intel Core i3 ? The reason I am aksing is that, I have two computers that look identical in terms of the look, keyboard, hard disk, RAM etc. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Thank you for your time.

Answer Dear Sheela Murthy, thanks for contacting starredreviews for your question. Unfortunately, your question is incomplete and it is difficult to give a straightforward Yes or No answer. We generally require that you give the part number of the processor that you wish to be compare against, so that we can give you a complete answer. Take the example of the Intel core i3 processor. It can be Core i3-330M, i3-350M, i3-370M or i3-380M. The least performing i3-330M is clocked at 2.13 GHz while the core i3-380M is clocked at 2.53 GHz. Obviously, we are going to see a lot of difference between the core i3-330M Vs core i3-380M.

Now if I compare a phenom processor with core i3-330M, it may come out to be faster that it but may be slower than the core i3-380M. I hope you understand. Further complicating is the fact that we do not know that Phenom processor part number which can vary in frequecy range.

That being said, we present here a comparison of the Core i3-330 with Phenom ii N830. They are both clocked about the same.

Benchmark Phenom ii N830 Core i3-330M
Super Pi 2M ( Lower is better) 72 seconds 50 seconds
Windows 7 Experience Index – CPU 6.2 6.2
Pass Mark Score 1960 1950
3D Mark 06 CPU Score 2400 2210
Number of Cores 3 2
Processor Frequency 2.1 GHz 2.13 GHz

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  1. Patrick Johnson
    May 27th, 2011 at 22:30 | #1

    Which one is better for long bettery life ? The Phenom ii or the Intel’s Core i3 ?