AMD Athlon II X4 638 vs Intel Core i3-3225

Price now 75$
Games supported 73%
Intel Core i3-3225
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Athlon II X4 638
AMD Athlon II X4 638
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 27$
Games supported 73%

General info

Comparing Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance ranking18861885
Value for money0.232.05
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
Architecture codenameIvy Bridge (2012−2013)Llano (2011−2012)
Release date3 September 2012 (10 years old)6 February 2012 (11 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$264no data
Current price$75 (0.3x MSRP)$27
Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

Technical specs

Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)4 (Quad-Core)
Base clock speed3.3 GHz2.7 GHz
Boost clock speed3.3 GHz2.7 GHz
L1 cache64 KB (per core)128 KB (per core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)1 MB (per core)
L3 cache3 MB (shared)0 KB
Chip lithography22 nm32 nm
Die size118 mm2228 mm2
Maximum core temperature65 °Cno data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)65 °Cno data
Number of transistorsno data1,178 million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility--
Unlocked multiplier-no data


Information on Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration11
Power consumption (TDP)55 Watt65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVXno data
AES-NI-no data
AVX+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
My WiFi+no data
Turbo Boost Technology-no data
Hyper-Threading Technology+no data
Idle States+no data
Thermal Monitoring+no data
FDI+no data

Security technologies

Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+no data
EDB+no data
Secure Key-no data
Identity Protection+no data
Anti-Theft+no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 are enumerated here.

AMD-Vno data+
VT-d-no data
VT-x+no data
EPT+no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3DDR3
Maximum memory size32 GBno data
Max memory channels2no data
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sno data
ECC memory support-no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 4000no data
Quick Sync Video+no data
Clear Video HD+no data
Graphics max frequency1.05 GHzno data
InTru 3D+no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638 integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported3no data


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638.

PCIe version2.0no data

Synthetic benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i3-3225 1.78
Athlon II X4 638 1.79

Athlon II X4 638 outperforms Core i3-3225 by 1% in our combined benchmark results.


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i3-3225 2246
Athlon II X4 638 2250

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i3-3225 and Athlon II X4 638. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 2.8 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance score 1.78 1.79
Recency 3 September 2012 6 February 2012
Boost clock speed 3300 2700
Chip lithography 22 nm 32 nm
Power consumption (TDP) 55 Watt 65 Watt

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