CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 650 vs 955

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 955 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Intel Core i5 650

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Newer manufacturing process 32 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better SysMark 2007 overall score 214 vs 195 Around 10% better SysMark 2007 overall score
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 72.6 °C vs 62 °C More than 15% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Significantly better SysMark 2007 3D score 221 vs 184 More than 20% better SysMark 2007 3D score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better SysMark 2007 productivity score 209 vs 187 More than 10% better SysMark 2007 productivity score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,319 vs 1,125 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.3 GHz vs 3.99 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 4,473 vs 3,675 More than 20% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.71 GHz vs 4.17 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual commercial energy cost 96.89 $/year vs 109.5 $/year More than 10% lower annual commercial energy cost
Marginally newer Jan, 2010 vs Nov, 2009 Release date 1 months later
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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
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 l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better SysMark 2007 video creation score 243 vs 225 Around 10% better SysMark 2007 video creation score
Better PassMark score 4,017 vs 3,146 Around 30% better PassMark score
Slightly better 3DMark11 physics score 3,900 vs 3,070 More than 25% better 3DMark11 physics score
Slightly better cinebench r10 32Bit score 13,242 vs 10,550 More than 25% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Lower annual home energy cost 30.11 $/year vs 37.54 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 650 vs Phenom II X4 955

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i5 650 Phenom II X4 955 @ community.futuremark.com

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Core i5 650 Phenom II X4 955 @ anandtech.com

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

Core i5 650 Phenom II X4 955 @ anandtech.com

sysmark 2007 (overall)

Core i5 650 Phenom II X4 955 @ anandtech.com

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 650  vs
Phenom II X4 955 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM3
Is unlocked No Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

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

gpu

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 733 MHz N/A

details

Core i5 650  vs
Phenom II X4 955 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nms 45 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.88 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 21 259
Overclocked clock speed 4.3 GHz 3.99 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.71 GHz 4.17 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.3 GHz 3.99 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 125W
Annual home energy cost 37.54 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.89 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 4.2 pt/W 4.23 pt/W
Typical power consumption 100.23W 101.56W
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