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Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4600+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Athlon X2 4600+ vs the Athlon II X2 260.

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Much more l3 cache 1 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 1 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,882 vs 1,223 Around 55% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,076 vs 726 Around 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,886 vs 1,739 More than 65% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 1.91 pt/W vs 0.93 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Much more l3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 55 °C Around 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.84 GHz vs 2.96 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.91 GHz vs 2.79 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer May, 2010 vs May, 2006 Release date over 4 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 4600+ vs II X2 260

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 4600+
174.4 MB/s
Athlon II X2 260
128,900 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 4600+  vs
II X2 260 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM2
939
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.93 pt/W 1.91 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Athlon X2 4600+  vs
II X2 260 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.2 - 1.25V 0.82 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 55°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.96 GHz 3.84 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.79 GHz 3.91 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.96 GHz 3.84 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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