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Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8450

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X3 8450

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Much more l3 cache 2 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 2 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 3 vs 1 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 1 Three times as many threads
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.67 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 49 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Higher clock speed 2.1 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
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AMD Athlon 3200+

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 54.44W vs 77.19W Around 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 16.14 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 58.69 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Phenom X3 8450  vs Athlon 3200+ 

clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X3 8450  vs
Athlon 3200+ 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Tri core Single core
Socket type
AM2+
939
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 67W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 16.14 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 58.69 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 54.44W

details

Phenom X3 8450  vs
Athlon 3200+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 49°C

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
AMD Phenom X3 8450
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