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Front view of Intel Core i3 560

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 560

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz vs 0.73 GHz Around 5.5x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.33 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 77.19W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz vs 0.65 GHz Around 5.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 650

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AMD Athlon II X4 650

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Much 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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer May, 2011 vs Jul, 2010 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 560 vs Athlon II X4 650

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

Core i3 560
141,400 MB/s
Athlon II X4 650
128,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 560  vs
Athlon II X4 650 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

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

details

Core i3 560  vs
Athlon II X4 650 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.03 GHz 0.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 0.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz 0.73 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 95W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.17 pt/W 1.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 77.19W
Intel Core i3 560
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