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In our benchmark suite, the Phenom 9600 proved to be about 4.3% slower than the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ which is clocked at 3.20 GHz. The Phenom 9500 at 2.20 GHz is about 8.4% slower.
Despite its 900 MHz clock speed disadvantage, the Phenom 9600 can outpace the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ by up to 40% in applications that take advantage of multi-core CPUs, such as video encoding and 3D rendering.