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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD FX 4300

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 4300

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 15% 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
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 performance per watt 9.24 pt/W vs 1.11 pt/W More than 8.2x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz vs 3.86 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 102.72W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.98 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 36.79 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 101.7 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Sep, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 265

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AMD Athlon II X2 265

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Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 70.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of FX 4300 vs Athlon II X2 265

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

FX 4300
2,210,000 MB/s
Athlon II X2 265
133,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

FX 4300
12,857

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

FX 4300  vs
Athlon II X2 265 
Clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
AM3+
AM3
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
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 36.79 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 101.7 $/year
Performance per watt 9.24 pt/W 1.11 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 102.72W

details

FX 4300  vs
Athlon II X2 265 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.81 - 1.43V 0.82 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.5°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 3.86 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.98 GHz 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 3.86 GHz

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
AMD FX 4300
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