CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 965 vs 5600K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

4.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 965 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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AMD Phenom II X4 965

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Phenom II X4 965 vs the A8 5600K.

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 965 vs A8 5600K

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 X4 965
137,800 MB/s
A8 5600K
2,210,000 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 X4 965  vs
A8 5600K 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

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

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7560D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz

details

Phenom II X4 965  vs
A8 5600K 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.13 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 - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 22 12
Overclocked clock speed 4.05 GHz 4.29 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz 4.71 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,136.7 2,659.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz 4.29 GHz

power consumption

TDP 140W 100W
Annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year 87.6 $/year
Performance per watt 1.08 pt/W 4.86 pt/W
Typical power consumption 152.93W 81.25W
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Comments

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Agree, I have the AMD Phenom II and was about to upgrade it to the A8 5600K and after reading this....I think Ill return the A8!
wow. the new amd processors are total crap. it can't even beat a 5 year old Phenom II 965? does anyone at amd know what they're doing anymore?
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