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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 l3 cache 6 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD PRO A A8 A8 PRO-7600B

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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 28 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 4.54 pt/W vs 1.08 pt/W Around 4.2x better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 965 vs PRO A A8 A8 PRO-7600B

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 965  vs
PRO A A8 A8 PRO-7600B 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
FMA4
3DNow!
AES

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 4.54 pt/W
Typical power consumption 152.93W 52.81W

details

Phenom II X4 965  vs
PRO A A8 A8 PRO-7600B 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB None
Manufacture process 45 nm 28 nm
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.05 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz 3.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ R7
Latest DirectX N/A 12.0
GPU clock speed N/A 720 MHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965
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