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Front view of AMD Athlon X4 860K

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AMD Athlon X4 860K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970

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AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970

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Higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.7 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed

Features Key features of the Athlon X4 860K  vs 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970 

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X4 860K  vs
7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970 
Clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has virtualization support Yes No

details

Athlon X4 860K  vs
7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970 
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 28 nm 28 nm

power consumption

Typical power consumption 77.19W N/A
AMD Athlon X4 860K
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AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 970
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