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Front view of Intel Core i7 5500U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5500U

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 77.19W 6.3x lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.67 MB/core More than 3x more l3 cache per core
Newer Jan, 2015 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 6 years later
Slightly more l3 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 6.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 6.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
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 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 2.8x more l2 cache per core
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Core i7 5500U  vs Phenom X3 8600B 

clock speed

Core i7 5500U
2.4 GHz
Phenom X3 8600B
2.3 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5500U  vs
Phenom X3 8600B 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 5500U  vs
Phenom X3 8600B 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 5500 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 300 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 950 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 15W 95W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 12.19W 77.19W
Intel Core i7 5500U
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