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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 2350M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 2350M

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz

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AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Core i3 2350M  vs Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 2350M  vs
Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i3 2350M  vs
Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz 
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption 28.44W N/A
Intel Core i3 2350M
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AMD Athlon II X3 2.6 GHz
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