CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 9700 vs 8350 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

8.8

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom X4 9700 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom X4 9700  based on its single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9700

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9700

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,714 vs 1,525 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Front view of AMD FX 8350

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Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 65% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 2 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark score 9,134 vs 5,457 More than 65% better PassMark score
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.72 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per watt 5.72 pt/W vs 3.19 pt/W Around 80% 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) 8.79 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9700 vs FX 8350

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

FX 8350
9,134

PassMark (Single Core)

FX 8350
1,525

Reviews Word on the street

Phenom X4 9700  vs FX 8350 

6.0
8.0
Maybe not the top-end eight-core FX-8150, but the great value and overclocking capabilities of the six-core FX-6200 made it a tantalising prospect for anyone on a budget looking to put together a gaming rig.
FX 8350

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X4 9700  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Quad core Octa core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,600 MHz

details

Phenom X4 9700  vs
FX 8350 
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 2 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 61°C Unknown - 61°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.5 GHz 4.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 8.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.5 GHz 4.72 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W 125W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 3.19 pt/W 5.72 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W 159.66W
AMD Phenom X4 9700
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