CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5600+ vs 3600+ among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5600+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X2 5600+

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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 2.8 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,477 vs 969 More than 50% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 849 vs 593 Around 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 49 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
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 (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 2.58 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz vs 2.71 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 3600+

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AMD Athlon X2 3600+

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 5600+ vs 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 X2 5600+
76.7 MB/s
Athlon X2 3600+
52.3 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 5600+  vs
3600+ 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM2
939
754
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes 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 0.68 pt/W 0.63 pt/W
Typical power consumption 72.31W 52.81W

details

Athlon X2 5600+  vs
3600+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 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 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature 55 - 70°C Unknown - 49°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 2.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz 2.71 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,643.2 627.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 2.58 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
AMD Athlon X2 5600+
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