AMD Phenom vs. Athlon Core Shootout

Athlon 64 X2 vs. Phenom

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Phenom vs. Athlon X2
Row 0 - Cell 0 PhenomAthlon X2
Code NameAgenaWindsorBrisbaneOrleansLimaManila
Clock Speedmax. 2.30 GHzmax. 3.20 GHz
HypertransportHTT 1.0HTT 2.0HTT 3.0HTT 1.0HTT 2.0
L1 Cache4x 64+64 kB2x 64+64 kB
L2 Cache4x 512 kB2x 1 MB2x 512 kB
L3 Cache2 MBnone
Fabrication Process65 nm90 nm65 nm
Transistors600 M227 M154 M
DIE Area285 mm²183 mm²230 mm²
TDP125 W125 W89 W65 W62 W45 W35 W
Cool'n'QuietVersion 2.0Version 1.0
Instruction SetsMMX3DNow!NXX86-64PacificaPresidioSSESSE2SSE3SSE4AMMX3DNow!NXX86-64PacificaPresidioSSESSE2SSE3
  • spearhead
    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
  • tagasur
    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.
  • brian1143
    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. (,2119.html)

  • mypobox
    Is an athlon II x3 really better then a phenom I x4 for 73$ at newegg ??