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Front view of AMD Athlon X4 740

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X4 740

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 73 °C vs 72 °C Almost the same
Newer Oct, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 610e

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AMD Athlon II X4 610e

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 52.81W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X4 740 vs II X4 610e

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 X4 740
2,030,000 MB/s
Athlon II X4 610e
96,100 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X4 740  vs
II X4 610e 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 65W 45W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 12.36 pt/W 2.63 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 36.56W

details

Athlon X4 740  vs
II X4 610e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.82 - 1.48V 0.78 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73°C Unknown - 72°C

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

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Athlon X4 740
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