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Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5960X

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 0.65 GHz More than 4.5x higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 1.01 GHz Around 4.5x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 8 vs 1 7 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 16 vs 1 15 more threads
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 0.65 GHz More than 7x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 650

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AMD Athlon 650

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon 650 vs the Intel Core i7 5960X.

Features Key features of the Core i7 5960X  vs Athlon 650 

clock speed

Athlon 650
0.65 GHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 5960X
4.47 GHz
Athlon 650
1.01 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 5960X
4.6 GHz
Athlon 650
0.65 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
Athlon 650 
Clock speed 3 GHz 0.65 GHz
Cores Octa core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0

bus

Clock speed 0 MHz 200 MHz

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
Athlon 650 
Threads 16 1
Manufacture process 22 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 1.01 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 0.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 1.01 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 113.75W N/A
Intel Core i7 5960X
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