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Front view of Intel Pentium 4 515

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 4 515

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.92 GHz vs 2.96 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 67.7 °C vs 55 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.93 GHz vs 2.79 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4600+

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AMD Athlon X2 4600+

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 68.25W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 20.24 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 73.58 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer May, 2006 vs Jul, 2005 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 4 515 vs Athlon X2 4600+

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

Pentium 4 515
102,400 MB/s
Athlon X2 4600+
174.4 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 4 515  vs
Athlon X2 4600+ 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM2
939

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support No Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

power consumption

TDP 84W 65W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.99 pt/W 0.93 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 52.81W

details

Pentium 4 515  vs
Athlon X2 4600+ 
Architecture x86 x86-64
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.25 - 1.4V 1.2 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.7°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.92 GHz 2.96 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.93 GHz 2.79 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 725.9 1,551.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.92 GHz 2.96 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
Intel Pentium 4 515
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