CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 7850K

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

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

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970

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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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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer manufacturing process 28 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly 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 more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 72.4 °C vs 62 °C More than 15% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Marginally newer Jan, 2014 vs Sep, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Better performance per watt 9.79 pt/W vs 3.59 pt/W Around 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
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

GeekBench

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
AVX
SSE3
FMA3
SSE2
FMA4
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
SSE4a
AES
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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 3.59 pt/W 9.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 135.83W 52.81W

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 nms 28 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 72.4°C

gpu

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