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Front view of AMD Turion 64 X2 56

Reasons to consider the
AMD Turion 64 X2 56

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Much lower typical power consumption 26.81W vs 152.93W 5.7x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 62 °C Around 55% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 7.95 $/year vs 54.06 $/year 6.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 28.91 $/year vs 152.42 $/year 5.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 965

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AMD Phenom II X4 965

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 90% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 2 MB l2 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.5 MB/core l2 cache per core is just OK
Newer Nov, 2009 vs May, 2006 Release date over 3 years later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads

Benchmarks Real world tests of Turion 64 X2 56 vs Phenom II X4 965

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Turion 64 X2 56  vs
Phenom II X4 965 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 0 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
S1
AM3
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support No Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!

power consumption

TDP 33W 140W
Annual home energy cost 7.95 $/year 54.06 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 28.91 $/year 152.42 $/year
Typical power consumption 26.81W 152.93W

details

Turion 64 X2 56  vs
Phenom II X4 965 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 0 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 95°C Unknown - 62°C

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
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