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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 715

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X3 715

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.23 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 6310

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AMD A6 6310

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Much newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 21.28 pt/W vs 1.14 pt/W Around 18.8x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 77.19W 6.3x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 6.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 6.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
More cores 4 vs 3 1 more cores; run more applications at once

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X3 715 vs A6 6310

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X3 715  vs
A6 6310 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Tri core Quad core
Socket type
AM2+
BGA 769
Is unlocked Yes No

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

Phenom II X3 715  vs
A6 6310 
Threads 3 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.23 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.23 GHz 2.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 15W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 13.14 $/year
Performance per watt 1.14 pt/W 21.28 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 12.19W
AMD Phenom II X3 715
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