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Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 631

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X4 631

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 904 vs 758 Around 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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AMD A6 3600

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Much more l3 cache 1 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 1 MB l3 cache is just OK
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l3 cache per core 0.25 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.25 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 81.25W 35% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 4.03 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 24.09 $/year 35% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 87.6 $/year 35% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X4 631 vs A6 3600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X4 631
109,100 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X4 631  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
FM1
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 100W 65W
Annual home energy cost 24.09 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 87.6 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.32 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 81.25W 52.81W

details

Athlon II X4 631  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,178,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 228 mm² 228 mm²
Voltage range 0.45 - 1.41V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.1°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.03 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz 4.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label AMD Radeon Aug 15, 2011 Radeon™ HD 6530D

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
AMD Athlon II X4 631
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