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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of AMD A8 3850

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q9650 vs A8 3850

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core2 Quad Q9650
33.68 fps
A8 3850
211.23 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core2 Quad Q9650
0.18 fps
A8 3850
0.57 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q9650
128,200 MB/s
A8 3850
121,450 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
A8 3850 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 100W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 37.95 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 107.75 $/year
Performance per watt 1.47 pt/W 1.39 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 107.85W

details

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
A8 3850 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.4°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.15 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.25 GHz 2.9 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,473.2 2,465.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz 3.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6550D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 600 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650
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