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Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8750

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AMD Phenom X3 8750

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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
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 2,072 vs 1,003 More than 2x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,637 vs 675 Around 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 3,001 vs 1,494 More than 2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Much better performance per watt 1.26 pt/W vs 0.66 pt/W Around 90% better performance per watt
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 71 °C vs 55 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.98 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Apr, 2008 vs May, 2006 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 3800+

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AMD Athlon X2 3800+

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
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
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.75 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X3 8750 vs Athlon X2 3800+

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 8750
89,050 MB/s
Athlon X2 3800+
64.55 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X3 8750  vs
Athlon X2 3800+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Tri core Dual core
Socket type
AM2+
AM2
939
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 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 1.26 pt/W 0.66 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Phenom X3 8750  vs
Athlon X2 3800+ 
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 MB
L3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.05 - 1.25V 1.2 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.98 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.75 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,911.5 1,578.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.98 GHz 2.7 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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