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Front view of Intel Core i7 4770K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4770K

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2 GHz 75% higher clock speed
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 2,165 vs 578 Around 3.8x better PassMark (Single core) score
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better PassMark score 10,016 vs 370 More than 27x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.55 GHz vs 2.13 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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AMD Athlon MP 2600+

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More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4770K vs Athlon MP 2600+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4770K  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 4770K  vs
Athlon MP 2600+ 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.55 GHz 2.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 2.54 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 68.25W N/A
Intel Core i7 4770K
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