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Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz

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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Front view of AMD A8 4500M

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AMD A8 4500M

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.67 MB/core More than 50% more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 3 1 more cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz  vs A8 4500M 

clock speed

A8 4500M
1.9 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz  vs
A8 4500M 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Tri core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz  vs
A8 4500M 
Threads 3 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 28.44W
AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz
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AMD A8 4500M
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