CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 6300 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

5.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 6300 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 6300  based on its performance, single-core performance, power consumption and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium D 960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium D 960

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Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD FX 6300

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better PassMark score 6,444 vs 823 More than 7.8x better PassMark score
Much lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 105.63W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.76 GHz vs 4.33 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per watt 9.82 pt/W vs 0.73 pt/W Around 13.5x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 11.52 pt/$ vs 0.3 pt/$ Around 38.2x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 31.32 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium D 960 vs FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium D 960
129,900 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium D 960  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3+

features

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

power consumption

TDP 130W 95W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 0.73 pt/W 9.82 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 77.19W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC No Yes

details

Pentium D 960  vs
FX 6300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 6
L2 cache 4 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 376,000,000 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 18 20
Voltage range 1.2 - 1.34V 0.8 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 68.6°C Unknown - 62.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.33 GHz 4.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 4.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.33 GHz 4.76 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 800 MHz 2,600 MHz
Intel Pentium D 960
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