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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G860

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G860

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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 101.56W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 69.1 °C vs 62 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 30.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 109.5 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2011 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 955

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AMD Phenom II X4 955

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x 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
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.99 GHz vs 3.18 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.14 GHz vs 3.15 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G860 vs Phenom II X4 955

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 G860
147,250 MB/s
Phenom II X4 955
129,850 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G860  vs
Phenom II X4 955 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 125W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 2.24 pt/W 1.28 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 101.56W

details

Pentium G860  vs
Phenom II X4 955 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 62°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 3 259
Overclocked clock speed 3.18 GHz 3.99 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.15 GHz 4.14 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.18 GHz 3.99 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
Intel Pentium G860
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