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Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 965

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AMD Phenom II X4 965

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 152.93W 2.9x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 1.42 pt/W vs 1.08 pt/W More than 30% better performance per watt
Higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 62 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 54.06 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 152.42 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 965 vs A6 5400B

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5400B
2,867.5

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5400B
1,864.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom II X4 965
137,800 MB/s
A6 5400B
2,030 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 965  vs
A6 5400B 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 140W 65W
Annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.08 pt/W 1.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 152.93W 52.81W

details

Phenom II X4 965  vs
A6 5400B 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 758,000,000 1,303,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.82 - 1.48V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.05 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz 3.6 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7540D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965
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