Can someone plz explain this to me?

Why is there such a difference in price between Athlon dual cores and Phenom cores?

They both have dual-cores and about the same GHz, and sometimes the Athlons have more Ghz.

Example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103896

VS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103887

Why the difference in price?
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  1. I am not sure, but after checking out the links, the Gigahertz at which the Phenom runs, is higher. The cache is bigger(Athlon=2X 1MB L2 CAHCE/Phenom=6MB). So, the Phenom would be the better CPU.

    I'm sorry. Ive always been an Intel oke...
  2. You need to compare the BENCHMARKS. A different architecture can run more efficiently at the same speed.

    Some CPU's are more power efficient. Some can be overclocked better.

    When I bought my PC less about 8 months ago the Intel i5-750 could not be touched for the price.
  3. newer tech, smaller dye, overall better performance per watt. all contribute to higher price of what may look at first as inferior but 1s in the machine will be better.
  4. When comparing these 2 The Athlon is the older C2 stepping and the Phenom is C3 & has 6Mb L3 cache when the Athlon has none. Better value than either are the Athlon x3s & x4s
  5. photonboy said:
    You need to compare the BENCHMARKS. A different architecture can run more efficiently at the same speed.

    Some CPU's are more power efficient. Some can be overclocked better.

    When I bought my PC less about 8 months ago the Intel i5-750 could not be touched for the price.

    Actually the Athlon II and Phenom II are both the same type of architecture(K10 architecture).They just have differences in cache.
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