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Efficiency: Optimizing The Clock Rate Of AMD's Phenom II X6

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

Overclocking the Phenom II X6 moves it above the performance level of Intel’s quad-core processors, with the exception of memory bandwidth and AES encryption/decryption, which is heavily accelerated by AES-NI in Intel’s 32 nm processor generation.

Our Thuban overclocking results are impressive. The processor is much stronger than Intel’s 45 nm offerings in AES encryption. However, having access to an instruction set that is specifically designed for this type of workload has a much greater impact, as you can see from the 32 nm Core i7-980X.