CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 990X vs 6700 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 990X 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 990X  based on its performance and overclocking.

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Intel Core i7 990X

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Front view of Intel Core i7 990X

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 990X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 990X

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Much more l3 cache 12 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 12 MB l3 cache is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More threads 12 vs 4 Three times as many threads
Significantly better PassMark score 9,389 vs 4,624 More than 2x better PassMark score
Significantly better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 14,960 vs 5,677 Around 2.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,592 vs 2,067 More than 25% better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.91 GHz vs 3.7 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A10 6700

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AMD A10 6700

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Much higher turbo clock speed 4.3 GHz vs 3.73 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.46 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
More l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 105.63W 2x lower typical power consumption
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Significantly better performance per dollar 5.08 pt/$ vs 0.79 pt/$ Around 6.5x better performance per dollar
Significantly better performance per watt 10.27 pt/W vs 6.44 pt/W Around 60% better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 67.9 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.81 GHz vs 4.59 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 990X vs A10 6700

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 990X
14,805
A10 6700
5,827

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 990X
2,592
A10 6700
2,067

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 990X
1,750,000 MB/s
A10 6700
2,240,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 990X
14,960
A10 6700
5,677

GeekBench

Core i7 990X
17,123
A10 6700
5,677

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 990X
9,050
A10 6700
3,540

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 990X
9,389
A10 6700
4,624

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 990X
1,509
A10 6700
1,529

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 990X  vs
A10 6700 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.73 GHz 4.3 GHz
Cores Hexa core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 6.44 pt/W 10.27 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 52.81W

details

Core i7 990X  vs
A10 6700 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB None
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.59 GHz 4.81 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.91 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.59 GHz 4.81 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 8670D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 844 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3L-1333
Intel Core i7 990X
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