CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 950 vs 4555M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU), Passmark and GeekBench

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Value

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 950

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 950

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 90% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.33 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 8 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 2 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Significantly better 3DMark06 CPU score 5,143 vs 1,876.5 Around 2.8x better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly better geekbench (32-bit) score 8,128 vs 2,510 Around 3.2x better geekbench (32-bit) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.27 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 80% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark score 5,645 vs 2,182 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,316 vs 767 More than 70% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A8 4555M

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AMD A8 4555M

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Newer manufacturing process 32 nms vs 45 nms 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
More l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 15.44W vs 105.63W 6.8x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 100 °C vs 67.9 °C More than 45% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Marginally newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Better performance per watt 14.77 pt/W vs 5.82 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 16.64 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 6.8x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.58 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 6.8x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 950 vs A8 4555M

GeekBench (32-bit)

Core i7 950
8,128
A8 4555M
2,510

GeekBench

Core i7 950
9,995
A8 4555M
2,510

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

Core i7 950
5,143
A8 4555M
1,876.5

Passmark (Single Core)

Core i7 950
1,316
A8 4555M
767

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 950  vs
A8 4555M 
Clock speed 3.06 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.33 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
SSE4a
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7600G
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0

details

Core i7 950  vs
A8 4555M 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.27 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.27 GHz 2.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 19W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 4.58 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 16.64 $/year
Performance per watt 5.82 pt/W 14.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 15.44W
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