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Athlon II Or Phenom II: Does Your CPU Need L3 Cache?

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

SiSoftware Sandra 2009

PCMark Vantage

All synthetic benchmarks show only small differences in favor of the Phenom II X4 with its 6MB of L3 cache. PCMark’s Memories test benefits by 12%. The overall score increases by 8%, just like the Sandra AES encryption test. All other results are closer.