Phenom Models and Details, Continued
We were particularly interested in AMD's claims of Phenom performing up to 25% faster per clock than the recent Athlon 64 X2 processors. Given that there hasn't been any architectural revolution like the one that Intel initiated when switching from Netburst to Core, a 25% performance enhancement per clock is significant. It even appears a bit hard to believe, which is why decided to have a close look at the new processor. We compared the Athlon 64 X2 and Phenom 9900 at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed, using only a single core.
|Name||Clock Speed||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||TDP|
|AMD Phenom 9700||2.4 GHz||4x 512 kB||2 MB||125 W|
|AMD Phenom 9600||2.3 GHz||4x 512 kB||2 MB||95 W|
|AMD Phenom 9500||2.2 GHz||4x 512 kB||2 MB||95 W|
Phenoms all look alike: this is our engineering sample, which is multiplier-unlocked.