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Front view of AMD G-Series GX-217GA

Reasons to consider the
AMD G-Series GX-217GA

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Much newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 28.44W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 3.09 pt/W vs 0.85 pt/W Around 3.8x better performance per watt
Better geekbench 3 single core score 920 vs 705 More than 30% better geekbench 3 single core score
Lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 3400+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3400+

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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.25 GHz vs 1.65 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of G-Series GX-217GA vs Athlon 64 X2 3400+

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

G-Series GX-217GA
838.8 MB/s
Athlon 64 X2 3400+
48.7 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

G-Series GX-217GA  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3400+ 
Clock speed 1.65 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

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
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

G-Series GX-217GA  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3400+ 
Manufacture process 28 nm 90 nm

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.65 GHz 2.25 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.65 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.65 GHz 2.25 GHz

power consumption

TDP 15W 35W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 3.09 pt/W 0.85 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 28.44W
AMD G-Series GX-217GA
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