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Front view of Intel Pentium G870

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Intel Pentium G870

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,608 vs 779 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 3,805 vs 1,857 More than 2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better performance per watt 2.54 pt/W vs 0.61 pt/W Around 4.2x better performance per watt
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.21 GHz vs 3.13 GHz Almost the same
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Dec, 2006 Release date over 5 years later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 69.1 °C Almost the same
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G870 vs Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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 G870
153,000 MB/s
Athlon 64 X2 5000+
64.85 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G870  vs
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 
Clock speed 3.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM2

features

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

details

Pentium G870  vs
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.21 GHz 3.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.1 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,148.8 1,518.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.21 GHz 3.13 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 89W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 2.54 pt/W 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
Intel Pentium G870
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