CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 7850K

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked

Value

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Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of AMD A10 7850K

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Much newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 135.83W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 72.4 °C vs 62 °C More than 15% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,579 vs 1,239 More than 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jan, 2014 vs Sep, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Better performance per watt 10.09 pt/W vs 3.57 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 45.4 $/year 2.9x lower annual home energy cost
Better PassMark score 5,615 vs 4,446 More than 25% better PassMark score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 139.11 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 Black 970 vs A10 7850K

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 Black 970  vs
A10 7850K 
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
AM3
FM2+
Is unlocked Yes No
Is hyperthreaded No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AMD64
AVX
SSE3
FMA3
SSE2
FMA4
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4a
AES
3DNow!
TBM
AMD-V
BMI1
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Phenom II X4 Black 970  vs
A10 7850K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 72.4°C

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ R7 Series
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0

power consumption

TDP 125W 65W
Annual home energy cost 45.4 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 139.11 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 3.57 pt/W 10.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 135.83W 52.81W
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970
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