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Front view of Intel Core i7 3970X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3970X

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 95% higher clock speed
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 19,564 vs 687 Around 28.5x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2005 Release date over 7 years later
Significantly better geekbench 3 AES single core score 2,690,000 MB/s vs 48,700 MB/s Around 55.2x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.6 GHz vs 2.19 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 6 vs 1 5 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 1 11 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Turion 64 technology MT-34

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AMD Turion 64 technology MT-34

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Much lower typical power consumption 19.5W vs 121.88W 6.2x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 66.8 °C More than 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 21.02 $/year vs 131.4 $/year 6.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 5.78 $/year vs 36.14 $/year 6.2x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3970X vs Turion 64 technology MT-34

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 i7 3970X
2,690,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3970X  vs
Turion 64 technology MT-34 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Hexa core Single core
Socket type
LGA 2011
754

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Core i7 3970X  vs
Turion 64 technology MT-34 
Threads 12 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C Unknown - 95°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.6 GHz 2.19 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.6 GHz 2.19 GHz

power consumption

TDP 150W 24W
Annual home energy cost 36.14 $/year 5.78 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 131.4 $/year 21.02 $/year
Performance per watt 7.82 pt/W 3.16 pt/W
Typical power consumption 121.88W 19.5W
Intel Core i7 3970X
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AMD Turion 64 technology MT-34
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