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Front view of Intel Core i7 6700K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 6700K

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 1 GHz 4x 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 overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 1.26 GHz Around 3.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
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) 4.77 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 4.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 4 1000

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AMD Athlon 4 1000

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

Features Key features of the Core i7 6700K  vs Athlon 4 1000 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 6700K
4.61 GHz
Athlon 4 1000
1.26 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 6700K
4.77 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700K  vs
Athlon 4 1000 
Clock speed 4 GHz 1 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
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 6700K  vs
Athlon 4 1000 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 1.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz 1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 1.26 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 73.94W N/A
Intel Core i7 6700K
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