CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 7850K among desktop CPUs

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

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A10 7850K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A10 7850K  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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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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Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 14,388 vs 14,027 Around 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Front view of AMD A10 7850K

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Much 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
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 135.83W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Newer Jan, 2014 vs Sep, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
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
Much better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 4,273 vs 4,059 More than 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Significantly better geekbench 3 AES single core score 2,370,000 MB/s vs 140,800 MB/s More than 16.8x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Much better performance per watt 11.2 pt/W vs 1.28 pt/W More than 8.8x 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 geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 7,022 vs 6,243 More than 10% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core 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

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 Black 970
140,800 MB/s
A10 7850K
2,370,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 Black 970  vs
A10 7850K 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
AM3
FM2+
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
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 1.28 pt/W 11.2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 135.83W 52.81W
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970
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