CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960T vs 965 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

5.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 965 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom II X4 965  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 3.4 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Much lower typical power consumption 101.56W vs 152.93W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year vs 54.06 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year vs 152.42 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,850 vs 1,774 Around 5% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Dec, 2010 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz vs 4.04 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 965

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Significantly more l3 cache 6 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
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
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Significantly better PassMark score 5,916 vs 3,871 Around 55% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 62 °C vs 60 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 Black 960T vs 965

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

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Phenom II X4 Black 960T  vs 965 

9.6
8.8
I believe a 4.3-4.4GHz X4 daily OC is completely reasonable if you have the right board.
Phenom II X4 Black 960T

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 Black 960T  vs
965 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz 0 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
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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

details

Phenom II X4 Black 960T  vs
965 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.13 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 15 17
Voltage range Unknown - 1.55V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 60°C Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 182 22
Overclock review score 5 5
Overclocked clock speed 4.15 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.23 GHz 4.31 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz 4.04 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W 140W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year 54.06 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year 152.42 $/year
Performance per watt 1.6 pt/W 1.28 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W 152.93W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 960T
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