CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 860K vs 7400K 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

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon X4 860K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Athlon X4 860K  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon X4 860K

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X4 860K

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better performance per watt 9.8 pt/W vs 2.84 pt/W Around 3.5x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 14.32 pt/$ vs 3.52 pt/$ More than 4x better performance per dollar
Much better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 4,146 vs 3,927 More than 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Aug, 2014 vs Jan, 2014 Release date 6 months later
Front view of AMD A6 7400K

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AMD A6 7400K

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Lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X4 860K vs A6 7400K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 7400K
3,180

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 7400K
2,081

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon X4 860K
2,290,000 MB/s
A6 7400K
1,910 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

A6 7400K
6,851

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

A6 7400K
3,927

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 7400K
2,784

PassMark (Single Core)

A6 7400K
1,565

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X4 860K  vs
A6 7400K 
Clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 29,866.66 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s

details

Athlon X4 860K  vs
A6 7400K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 28 nm 28 nm

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label AMD Radeon APUs GPU part factory disabled Radeon R5 series

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 9.8 pt/W 2.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W
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