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Athlon 64 X2 vs. Phenom

AMD Phenom vs. Athlon Core Shootout
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Phenom vs. Athlon X2
  Phenom Athlon X2
Code Name Agena Windsor
Brisbane
Orleans
Lima
Manila
Clock Speed max. 2.30 GHz max. 3.20 GHz
Hypertransport HTT 1.0
HTT 2.0
HTT 3.0
HTT 1.0
HTT 2.0
L1 Cache 4x 64+64 kB 2x 64+64 kB
L2 Cache 4x 512 kB 2x 1 MB
2x 512 kB
L3 Cache 2 MB none
Fabrication Process 65 nm 90 nm
65 nm
Transistors 600 M 227 M
154 M
DIE Area 285 mm² 183 mm²
230 mm²
TDP 125 W 125 W
89 W
65 W
62 W
45 W
35 W
Cool'n'Quiet Version 2.0 Version 1.0
Instruction Sets MMX
3DNow!
NX
X86-64
Pacifica
Presidio
SSE
SSE2
SSE3
SSE4A
MMX
3DNow!
NX
X86-64
Pacifica
Presidio
SSE
SSE2
SSE3
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    spearhead , June 19, 2008 1:18 AM
    its architecture it fine but
    it is clock speed the phenom lacks. if amd can just bump its speed up to around 3ghz-3.6ghz then it would make good competition towards faster intels. i can conclude from this benchmark that if you buy an phenom 9850 and clock it around 3ghz you have much more horse power then you would have with an athlon x2 6000+ however some benchmarks might tell you something else it makes sence if you use 1066mhz memory or just 800mhz mem
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    tagasur , June 27, 2008 12:08 PM
    i wish tom's would update this topic with new benchmarks on the amd phenom 9850be. i'd like to know if it's more stable now that the "nasty bug" has been remedied with the march 2008 product line refresh.
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    brian1143 , March 11, 2009 11:28 PM
    Well this review says its not much more performance. I'm upgrading from 939 and actually thinking of getting the $60 AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 (AM2+) and OC it to at least 3ghz and run 1066 memory. I'd rather save the money for the future rather than have a few extra FPS.

    Intel's core i7 really is clearly the better processor with more headroom, but AMD has always had them in the price to performance ratio department. AMD isn't going away and perhaps they can make a better processor like when Athlon 64 came out or at least close the gap and let their price to performance ratio carry them the rest of the way. (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-phenom-ii,2119.html)

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    mypobox , September 27, 2010 3:07 PM
    Is an athlon II x3 really better then a phenom I x4 for 73$ at newegg ??