CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 965 vs 8320E


Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core), Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and 1 more


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

AMD FX 8320E 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 965

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Much lower idle power consumption 89.7W vs 95W More than 5% lower idle power consumption
Much lower peak power consumption 174W vs 198W More than 10% lower peak power consumption
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Better PassMark score 5,916 vs 4,188 More than 40% better PassMark score
Better cinebench r11.5 score 4 vs 3.28 More than 20% better cinebench r11.5 score
Lower annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year vs 173.45 $/year More than 10% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year vs 59.66 $/year Around 10% lower annual home energy cost
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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 2 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Newer manufacturing process 32 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly better performance per dollar 5.46 pt/$ vs 2.35 pt/$ More than 2.2x better performance per dollar
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.28 GHz vs 4.07 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,557 vs 1,361 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Marginally newer Feb, 2012 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 8,216 vs 6,547 More than 25% better geekbench (64-bit) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 965 vs FX 8320E

GeekBench (32-bit)

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Benchmark Results: The 3DMark 2006 CPU test showed the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE was a powerful processor as it was again near the top of the charts.
Phenom II X4 965 | by Legit Reviews (Aug, 2009)

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)


Phenom II X4 965 FX 8320E @ cpubenchmark.net

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Phenom II X4 965  vs
FX 8320E 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
Is unlocked Yes Yes
Is hyperthreaded No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


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


Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,600 MHz


Phenom II X4 965  vs
FX 8320E 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nms 32 nms
Transistor count 758,000,000 1,600,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.81 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 61.1°C


Overclock popularity 22 11
Overclock review score 5 0.7
Overclocked clock speed 4.07 GHz 5.28 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.14 GHz 4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.07 GHz 5.28 GHz

power consumption

TDP 140W 95W
Annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year 59.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year 173.45 $/year
Performance per watt 3.38 pt/W 2.76 pt/W
Idle power consumption 89.7W 95W
Peak power consumption 174W 198W
Typical power consumption 152.93W N/A
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