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Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 710

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X3 710

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.58 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 3000+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3000+

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Much lower typical power consumption 16.25W vs 77.19W 4.8x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 73 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.82 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 4.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 17.52 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 4.8x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Phenom II X3 710  vs Athlon 64 X2 3000+ 

clock speed

overclocked clock speed (air)

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X3 710  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3000+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Tri core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
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details

Phenom II X3 710  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3000+ 
Threads 3 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 73°C Unknown - 95°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.58 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.58 GHz 1.6 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 20W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 4.82 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 17.52 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 16.25W
AMD Phenom II X3 710
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