CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 9850 vs 910e 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

3.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom X4 9850 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom X4 9850  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9850

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom X4 9850

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.72 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.88 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 910e

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 910e

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 1.99 pt/W vs 0.96 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 101.56W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 71 °C vs 61 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 30.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 109.5 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X4 9850 vs II X4 910e

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 9850
97,500 MB/s
Phenom II X4 910e
104,950 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 9850  vs
II X4 910e 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
AM2+
AM3
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 125W 65W
Annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.96 pt/W 1.99 pt/W
Typical power consumption 101.56W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Phenom X4 9850  vs
II X4 910e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.05 - 1.3V 0.85 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 61°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.72 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.88 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.72 GHz 2.6 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
AMD Phenom X4 9850
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