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Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8650

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X3 8650

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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
Much more l3 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark score 1,998 vs 1,334 Around 50% better PassMark score
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Much more l3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 2.8x more l3 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 68 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.09 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5200B

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AMD Athlon X2 5200B

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 817 vs 783 Around 5% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 2.83 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X3 8650 vs Athlon X2 5200B

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 X3 8650
88,400 MB/s
Athlon X2 5200B
73.75 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X3 8650  vs
Athlon X2 5200B 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Tri core Dual core
Socket type
AM2+
AM2
Is unlocked No 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 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.03 pt/W 0.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Phenom X3 8650  vs
Athlon X2 5200B 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 68°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.83 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.09 GHz 2.7 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 726.1 1,554.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.83 GHz 3.26 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
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