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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9300

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q9300

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much more l2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.4 °C vs 70 °C Almost the same
Front view of AMD PRO A A4 A4 PRO-7300B

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AMD PRO A A4 A4 PRO-7300B

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Much higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.8 GHz vs 3.38 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.8 GHz vs 3.61 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q9300 vs PRO A A4 A4 PRO-7300B

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9300  vs
PRO A A4 A4 PRO-7300B 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA4
Supplemental SSE3
AES

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.44 pt/W 1.98 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q9300  vs
PRO A A4 A4 PRO-7300B 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.4°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.38 GHz 3.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.61 GHz 3.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.38 GHz 3.8 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 8470D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 800 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q9300
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