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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 960

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz

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AMD Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much 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 960  vs Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz 

clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 960  vs
Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 960  vs
Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption 105.63W N/A

bus

Clock speed 2,400 MHz 2,000 MHz
Intel Core i7 960
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AMD Phenom II X4 2.5 GHz
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