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Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 705e

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AMD Phenom II X3 705e

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Much higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
More cores 3 vs 1 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 1 Three times as many threads
Much better PassMark score 2,244 vs 556 More than 4x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 839 vs 557 More than 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.57 GHz vs 3.08 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II 160u

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AMD Athlon II 160u

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.17 MB/core More than 6x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 16.25W vs 52.81W 3.2x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 80 °C vs 72 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.82 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 3.2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 17.52 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 3.3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X3 705e vs Athlon II 160u

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

Phenom II X3 705e
99.6 MB/s
Athlon II 160u
71,200 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X3 705e  vs
Athlon II 160u 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Tri core Single core

features

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

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 1,800 MHz

details

Phenom II X3 705e  vs
Athlon II 160u 
Threads 3 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.17 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 80°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.57 GHz 3.08 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.57 GHz 3.08 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 20W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 4.82 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 17.52 $/year
Performance per watt 1.15 pt/W 2.97 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 16.25W
AMD Phenom II X3 705e
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