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Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9500

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9500

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.17 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.5 GHz 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 705e

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 839 vs 619 More than 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 1.15 pt/W vs 1.01 pt/W Around 15% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.57 GHz vs 2.59 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72 °C vs 70 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
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
Newer Jun, 2009 vs Nov, 2007 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9500 vs II X3 705e

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
Phenom II X3 705e
99.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9500  vs
II X3 705e 
Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core
Socket type
AM2+
AM3
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 1.01 pt/W 1.15 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Phenom X4 9500  vs
II X3 705e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.17 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.59 GHz 3.57 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.59 GHz 3.57 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 1,800 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Phenom X4 9500
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