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Front view of AMD FX 4300

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 4300

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Much higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.2x higher clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
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 5150

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AMD Athlon 5150

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 77.19W 3.8x lower typical power consumption
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 3.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 3.8x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Dec, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of FX 4300 vs Athlon 5150

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 4300
5,582
Athlon 5150
2,942

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 4300
1,981

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 4300
2,210,000 MB/s
Athlon 5150
819.5 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

FX 4300
12,857
Athlon 5150
5,508

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

FX 4300
4,114
Athlon 5150
1,602

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

FX 4300  vs
Athlon 5150 
Clock speed 3.8 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
AM3+
FS1b
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE Family
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
Channels Dual Channel Single Channel
Maximum bandwidth 29,866.66 MB/s 12,800 MB/s

details

FX 4300  vs
Athlon 5150 
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 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.5°C Unknown - 70°C

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon HD 8400
GPU clock speed N/A 600 MHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 25W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 9.24 pt/W 3.73 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 20.31W
AMD FX 4300
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