CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of Q9650 vs 910e 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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Quad Q9650  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.25 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 910e

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 910e

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
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
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Aug, 2008 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q9650 vs Phenom II X4 910e

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
Phenom II X4 910e
104,950 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
Phenom II X4 910e 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3
Is unlocked Yes No

features

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

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 1.47 pt/W 1.99 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
Phenom II X4 910e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.85 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.4°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.15 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.25 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz 2.6 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 2,000 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650
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AMD Phenom II X4 910e
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