CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 9650 vs 5500 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

6.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A8 5500 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A8 5500  based on its single-core performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9650

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AMD Phenom X4 9650

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,270 vs 787 More than 60% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.24 GHz vs 2.81 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 70 °C Almost the same
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Mar, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
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
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz vs 3.12 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9650 vs A8 5500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5500
4,972

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5500
1,806

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Phenom X4 9650
88,700 MB/s
A8 5500
2,070,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5500
4,891

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5500
5,163

GeekBench

A8 5500
5,885

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 5500
3,986

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9650  vs
A8 5500 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
AES
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 1.15 pt/W 7.02 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Phenom X4 9650  vs
A8 5500 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 5 1
Overclocked clock speed 2.81 GHz 3.24 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.12 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.81 GHz 3.24 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7560D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz
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