What determines the speed/power of a processor? Tags: CPUs Quad Core Processors Power Last response: August 20, 2012 1:18 PM in CPUs Share huggles12 August 20, 2012 2:22:45 AM Hi there, just a quick question. What determines the speed/power of a processor? For example, everybody says intel are better. So what separates a an i5 3570k quad core at 3.4ghz from a Phenom II quad core at 3.4ghz? Shouldn't they be almost the same? How does the architecture make that much of an improvement? Hope this isn't a stupid question. Cheers. More about : determines speed power processor whatismyproblem August 20, 2012 2:27:22 AM Intel's core microarchitecture is more efficient than AMD in the i5 vs Phenom ii example the i5 has better L3 cache jaguarskx a c 441 à CPUs August 20, 2012 2:28:30 AM See my posts in the following thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/344860-28-whats-8150-... Related resources What determines how much a processor can handle? - Forum What determines cpu frequency - Forum What determines the Version of PCI-Express your computer is running? - Forum [DELL XPS 600] Motherboard replacement w/ regular atx motherboard - Forum What determines dram speed? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer huggles12 August 20, 2012 3:47:39 AM Great, thanks jaguarskx. Another question. Can and where do I view the figures for Instructions Per Cycle? I've looked on the intel and AMD website and I'm unable to find information to compare the IPC of each processor. huggles12 August 20, 2012 4:30:08 AM Okay, after some research I have found this wikipedia page on instructions per second https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_instructions_per_... There's a table that shows MIPS / Clock Cycles Per Second / Cores Per Die It has the i7 2600k at 9.43 AMD Phenon X4 940 Black Edition at 3.5 9.43 / 3.5 = 2.7 Does that mean the 2600k is 2.7 times faster? Or am I looking at the numbers too simplistically? whatismyproblem August 20, 2012 1:18:29 PM huggles12 said:Okay, after some research I have found this wikipedia page on instructions per second https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_instructions_per_... There's a table that shows MIPS / Clock Cycles Per Second / Cores Per Die It has the i7 2600k at 9.43 AMD Phenon X4 940 Black Edition at 3.5 9.43 / 3.5 = 2.7 Does that mean the 2600k is 2.7 times faster? Or am I looking at the numbers too simplistically? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megahertz_myth this might help Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : Forumwhat determines max memory speed? ForumWhat determines your FSB setting? ForumCan I simply drop in a new Socket AM3 CPU? ForumDOES PSU DETERMINES GRAPHICS CARD TEMP? ForumRev G die pic might have given away AMD's Emergency Edition ForumWhat determines a good CPU? ForumWhat determines OS speed? ForumBest Cpu cooler for ~40 Forum[Solved] PSU - What is burnt here? ForumHelp in choosing Processor Forum[Solved] Relation b/w Processor, Motherboard and RAM Forum[Power Supply] Will it work with this build? ForumWhat will happen if only 3 cores to run splash pro ex Forum[Solved] What PSU should I get? ForumPower supply component protection More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !