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Front view of AMD Turion X2 Ultra 87

Reasons to consider the
AMD Turion X2 Ultra 87

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 2 MB l2 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1 MB/core l2 cache per core is just OK
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 78 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better performance per watt 2.13 pt/W vs 1.35 pt/W Around 60% better performance per watt
Front view of AMD Sempron 3500+

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AMD Sempron 3500+

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Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,385 vs 946 More than 45% better geekbench 3 single core score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Turion X2 Ultra 87 vs Sempron 3500+

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

Turion X2 Ultra 87
65,000 MB/s
Sempron 3500+
181.4 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Turion X2 Ultra 87  vs
Sempron 3500+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
S1
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 2.13 pt/W 1.35 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

details

Turion X2 Ultra 87  vs
Sempron 3500+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 0 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 78°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

bus

Clock speed 400 MHz 333 MHz
AMD Turion X2 Ultra 87
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