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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4200+

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AMD Athlon X2 4200+

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Higher clock speed 2.2 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 2.75 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 3800+

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Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 55 °C vs 49 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 GHz vs 2.65 GHz Almost the same
Newer May, 2006 vs May, 2005 Release date 11 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 4200+ vs 3800+

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 X2 4200+
59.9 MB/s
Athlon X2 3800+
64.55 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X2 4200+  vs
3800+ 
Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM2
939
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support No Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 89W 65W
Annual home energy cost 21.44 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.96 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.52 pt/W 0.66 pt/W
Typical power consumption 72.31W 52.81W

details

Athlon X2 4200+  vs
3800+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 49°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.65 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz 2.75 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 948.2 1,578.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.65 GHz 2.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
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