CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested

Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside!

86 CPUs Benchmarked: 51 From AMD And 35 From Intel

We've been hard at work updating our CPU Charts with a brand new benchmark suite. And, before 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to share the results of no fewer than 86 processors with you. The models we tested range from dual-core budget-oriented chips to eight-core flagships. Fifty-one models come from AMD, and 35 are Intel's.

In this overview, the CPUs are organized by micro-architecture, each covered on its own page. It’s a free-for-all once we hit the benchmarks. At that point, performance is all that matters. Let’s have a look at the contenders:

AMD

AMD CPUs 
Family
FX Processors
A-Series APUsPhenom IIAthlon II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Architecture and Model Number
Bulldozer
FX-4100
FX-4170
FX-6100
FX-6200
FX-8100
FX-8120
FX-8140
FX-8150
FX-8170
Llano
A6-3650
A6-3670K
A8-3850
A8-3870K

Trinity
A10-5800K
Stars
Phenom II X2 550
Phenom II X2 555
Phenom II X2 560
Phenom II X2 565
Phenom II X3 705e
Phenom II X3 710
Phenom II X3 720
Phenom II X3 740
Phenom II X4 830
Phenom II X4 840
Phenom II X4 905e
Phenom II X4 910e
Phenom II X4 955
Phenom II X4 965
Phenom II X4 970
Phenom II X4 975
Phenom II X4 980
Phenom II X6 1035T
Phenom II X6 1045T
Phenom II X6 1055T
Phenom II X6 1065T
Phenom II X6 1075T
Phenom II X6 1090T
Phenom II X6 1100T
Stars
Athlon II X2 240e
Athlon II X2 250
Athlon II X2 255
Athlon II X2 260
Athlon II X3 425
Athlon II X3 435
Athlon II X3 440
Athlon II X3 445
Athlon II X4 620
Athlon II X4 630
Athlon II X4 635
Athlon II X4 640
Athlon II X4 645


Intel

Intel CPUs
Family
Core (First Generation)
Core (Second Generation) Core (Third Generation)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Architecture and Model Number
Nehalem
Core i3-530
Core i5-661
Core i5-670
Core i5-750
Core i5-750S
Core i5-760
Core i7-860
Core i7-870
Core i7-875K
Core i7-880
Core i7-920
Core i7-930
Core i7-960
Core i7-970
Core i7-975 Extreme Edition
Core i7-980
Core i7-980X
Core i7-990X
Sandy Bridge
Core i5-2300
Core i5-2310
Core i5-2400
Core i5-2400S
Core i5-2500K
Core i5-2500T
Core i7-2600K
Core i7-2700K
Core i7-3930X
Core i7-3960X
Pentium G620
Pentium G630
Pentium G630T
Ivy Bridge
Core i5-3450
Core i5-3470
Core i5-3550
Core i5-3570K
Core i7-3770K

   

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  • amdfangirl
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
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  • johnsonjohnson
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
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  • Other Comments
  • amdfangirl
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
    50
  • Anonymous
    Where are the Visual Studio Test results?
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  • johnsonjohnson
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
    20
  • emperor piehead
    Why is the fx6300 missing i wanted to see how it fit into this
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  • Anonymous
    Thanks Toms, now i know that i can get double the performance and 3/4 the power consumption going from AMD 955 to a Core i5 3570K.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
    23
  • mayankleoboy1
    And please update the Winrar to version 4.2 . The 3.9 you are using is quite old and has poor multithreading.
    6
  • bak0n
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    I always wish this. Beyond that the AM3 Athlon X2's are still being sold at newegg and the Phenom X2's are not...
    6
  • Soma42
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Agreed, maybe just one dual core and one quad? q9550 and e6850? not that I still own both of those or anything...

    But let's do some math. Just for a rough order of magnitude I figure an average of 15% increase in performance per clock cycle, per generation (not including clock speed, number of cores, etc.). So if we start back at Conroe and work our way to present day Ivy Bridge, that's 5 new generations of processors. 1.15^5 = 2.01

    Which means that an Ivy Bridge CPU at the same speed as a Conroe CPU (2006ish) is about 2x as fast per clock cycle, on average. Once you take into account faster clock speeds, number of cores, cache sizes, integrated memory controllers, etc. and more importantly what software will be used with the CPUs the real world performance difference could be almost nothing to somewhere around 10-15x as fast.

    I digress. The point being, is I would like to see some more benchies Tom's! Prove me wrong!
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  • flyflinger
    Lot of great info here, but missing Core i3 info leaves a big hole in the data point. Please add.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    Yes! Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU owner here.
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  • Onikage
    A Proud Owner of 2700K here !
    i'll skip ivy and Haswell as well with this Sensational Cpu at 4.6Ghz
    3
  • EzioAs
    I believe the i5-2500K has a 95W TDP instead of 65W.
    15
  • Sumukh_Bhagat
    This is very Helpful. Now I knew that I did a very good work upgrading to 3470. ;)
    There should be i3 3220 too. Really wanted to know about that.
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  • A Bad Day
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Throw in a Pentium 4 as a reminder to those folks who still think they can run BF3 on a 1.8 GHz Willamette.


    And as for fun, there should've been a CPU rendering test. Windows 7 has a function that allows a CPU do to DX10 graphics, completely bypassing the GPU. The only obviously issue that CPUs are terrible compared to GPUs when it comes to graphics.

    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20081126/direct3d-warp10-to-enable-you-to-play-dx10-crysis-using-software-renderer-only-albeit-slowly/
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  • tomfreak
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
    Agreed, 1 Core 2 duo/quad 65nm & Core 2 duo/quad 45nm.

    There is no need to bench 2600K/2700K & Core i5-2300/Core i5-2310, just one of the 2 set will do, because we all know their performance is close to identical.
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  • nebun
    amd has a lot of work to do
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  • JebbyC
    Is it just me or are the Mafia II frame rates really low?
    11
  • Cryio
    Why are there no Vishera CPUs in the charts?
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  • Cryio
    "Of course, as we all know now, the Piledriver-based Vishera parts are available, and have been since late October. Worry not; we are in the process of running several more processors based on Piledriver through the same suite of benchmarks, and will be updating the charts soon"

    Sorry, didn't get to read that :D
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