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Front view of AMD E2 3200

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AMD E2 3200

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Much better performance per watt 1.14 pt/W vs 1.03 pt/W More than 10% better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 40.03 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 138.41 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Nov, 2019 vs Dec, 2011 Release date over 8 years later
Front view of AMD A8 3870K

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better PassMark score 3,596 vs 1,436 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,032 vs 800 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 5,339 vs 2,093 More than 2.5x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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) 3.56 GHz vs 3.28 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.67 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 71.5 °C Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of E2 3200 vs A8 3870K

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

E2 3200
2,093
A8 3870K
5,339

GeekBench

E2 3200
2,093
A8 3870K
7,554

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

E2 3200
1,436
A8 3870K
3,596

PassMark (Single Core)

E2 3200
800
A8 3870K
1,032

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

E2 3200  vs
A8 3870K 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 100W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 40.03 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 138.41 $/year
Performance per watt 1.14 pt/W 1.03 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A

details

E2 3200  vs
A8 3870K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,178,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 228 mm² 228 mm²
Voltage range 0.91 - 1.41V 0.45 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.5°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.28 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.28 GHz 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label AMD Radeon HD 6370D Radeon™ HD 6550D

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
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