CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 720 vs 700e 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

3.6

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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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 970 vs 772 More than 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 1.38 pt/W vs 1.14 pt/W More than 20% better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.17 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.86 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 73 °C vs 72 °C Almost the same
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 700e

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AMD Phenom II X3 700e

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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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X3 720 vs 700e

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
Phenom II X3 700e
97.1 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X3 720  vs
700e 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Tri core Tri core
Socket type
AM3
Is unlocked Yes No

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

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 1.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Phenom II X3 720  vs
700e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 3
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.17 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.82 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.61 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.86 GHz 2.4 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,146.5 1,825.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz 3.4 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
AMD Phenom II X3 720
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