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Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better PassMark score 8,219 vs 1,413 More than 5.8x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 70.1 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Sempron X2 198

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AMD Sempron X2 198

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 114.5W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 41.87 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 112.13 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date a year later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs Sempron X2 198

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
Sempron X2 198 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz None
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 41.87 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 112.13 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 6.48 pt/W 1.18 pt/W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 52.81W

details

Core i7 2600  vs
Sempron X2 198 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,160,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.22 - 1.43V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 70.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.93 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz 2.5 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 N/A
Latest DirectX 10.x N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Intel Core i7 2600
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