CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 9500 vs 3800+ among desktop 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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

3.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom X4 9500 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom X4 9500  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9500

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9500

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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 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 55 °C More than 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Nov, 2007 vs Jun, 2004 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon 3800+

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AMD Athlon 3800+

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Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 77.19W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.8 GHz vs 2.59 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9500 vs Athlon 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 X4 9500
83,300 MB/s
Athlon 3800+
64.55 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9500  vs
Athlon 3800+ 
Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
AM2+
939
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 45W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 1.01 pt/W 0.73 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 36.56W

details

Phenom X4 9500  vs
Athlon 3800+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.59 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.59 GHz 2.8 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
AMD Phenom X4 9500
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