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Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9150e

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9150e

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Much better performance per watt 1.31 pt/W vs 0.82 pt/W More than 60% better performance per watt
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
Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8600

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AMD Phenom X3 8600

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
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) 2.71 GHz vs 2.04 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9150e vs X3 8600

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9150e  vs
X3 8600 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core
Socket type
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 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.31 pt/W 0.82 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W

details

Phenom X4 9150e  vs
X3 8600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.04 GHz 2.71 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.04 GHz 2.71 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 1,600 MHz 1,800 MHz
AMD Phenom X4 9150e
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