CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 720 vs 3600 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom II X3 720 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom II X3 720  based on its single-core performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 720

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X3 720

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 970 vs 758 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l3 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 73 °C vs 70.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.86 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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AMD A6 3600

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.61 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Aug, 2011 vs Feb, 2009 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X3 720 vs A6 3600

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 720
119,600 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X3 720  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Tri core Quad core
Socket type
AM3
FM1
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.38 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Phenom II X3 720  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.61 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.86 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz 4.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 443 MHz
AMD Phenom II X3 720
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