CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 9700 vs 7870K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A10 7870K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A10 7870K  based on its power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9700

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,714 vs 1,545 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Front view of AMD A10 7870K

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Much higher clock speed 3.9 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 101.56W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better PassMark score 5,499 vs 5,457 Almost the same
Much better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 103.22 mHash/s vs 96.91 mHash/s More than 5% better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.67 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per watt 4.42 pt/W vs 3.19 pt/W Around 40% better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.46 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 30.11 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 109.5 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9700 vs A10 7870K

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
96.91 mHash/s
A10 7870K
103.22 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Phenom X4 9700
19.76 mPixels/s
A10 7870K
22.63 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
284.67 fps
A10 7870K
371.33 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
1.62 fps
A10 7870K
1.73 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Phenom X4 9700
29.99 fps
A10 7870K
30.81 fps

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9700  vs
A10 7870K 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM

details

Phenom X4 9700  vs
A10 7870K 
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 4.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 4.46 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 4.67 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W 95W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 3.19 pt/W 4.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W 77.19W
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