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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9600

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AMD Phenom X4 9600

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5600+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Athlon X2 5600+ vs the Phenom X4 9600.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9600 vs Athlon X2 5600+

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 9600
87,000 MB/s
Athlon X2 5600+
76.7 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9600  vs
Athlon X2 5600+ 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
AM2+
AM2
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 89W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 1.09 pt/W 0.68 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 72.31W

details

Phenom X4 9600  vs
Athlon X2 5600+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 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 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C 55 - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.7 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.42 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 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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