CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 198 vs 3870K 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

5.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A8 3870K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A8 3870K  based on its performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Sempron X2 198

Reasons to consider the
AMD Sempron X2 198

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Much better performance per watt 1.18 pt/W vs 1.03 pt/W Around 15% better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 40.03 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 138.41 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A8 3870K

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.5 GHz 20% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 3,596 vs 1,413 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.7 °C vs 70.1 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.67 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Sempron X2 198 vs A8 3870K

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 3870K
3,596

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Sempron X2 198  vs
A8 3870K 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 100W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 40.03 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 138.41 $/year
Performance per watt 1.18 pt/W 1.03 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333

details

Sempron X2 198  vs
A8 3870K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,178,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 228 mm² 228 mm²
Voltage range 0.91 - 1.41V 0.45 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.1°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.5 GHz 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6550D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 600 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 600 MHz
AMD Sempron X2 198
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