CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 2356 among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970  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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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 2 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.91 GHz vs 2.43 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,785 vs 1,090 Around 65% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Sep, 2010 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 2 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 85% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 62 °C vs 55 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD Opteron 2356

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AMD Opteron 2356

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Much lower typical power consumption 60.94W vs 135.82W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 7,681 vs 6,243 Around 25% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much lower annual home energy cost 18.07 $/year vs 45.4 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 65.7 $/year vs 139.11 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 Black 970 vs Opteron 2356

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
Opteron 2356
86.9 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 Black 970  vs
Opteron 2356 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
AM3
F
Is unlocked Yes No

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

power consumption

TDP 125W 75W
Annual home energy cost 45.4 $/year 18.07 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 139.11 $/year 65.7 $/year
Performance per watt 1.1 pt/W 1.36 pt/W
Typical power consumption 135.82W 60.94W

details

Phenom II X4 Black 970  vs
Opteron 2356 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Voltage range 0.82 - 1.4V 1 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.91 GHz 2.43 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.91 GHz 2.43 GHz

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

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Phenom II X4 Black 970
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