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Front view of Intel Core i5 3470S

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470S

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8600B

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AMD Phenom X3 8600B

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 2.8x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 69.1 °C Almost the same

Features Key features of the Core i5 3470S  vs Phenom X3 8600B 

clock speed

Core i5 3470S
2.9 GHz
Phenom X3 8600B
2.3 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3470S  vs
Phenom X3 8600B 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2+
Is unlocked No No

features

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

details

Core i5 3470S  vs
Phenom X3 8600B 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 70°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 N/A
Latest DirectX 11.0 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W
Intel Core i5 3470S
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