AMD Athlon II X4 740: specs and benchmarks

AMD Athlon II X4 740


AMD started AMD Athlon II X4 740 sales 1 October 2012 at a recommended price of $71. This is Piledriver architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3700 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is Socket FM2 processor with a TDP of 65 watt.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 3.05 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Athlon II X4 740 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

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Market segment
Desktop processor
Architecture codename
Launch date
1 October 2012 (8 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores
4 (Quad-Core)
Base clock speed
3.2 GHz
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
3.7 GHz
L1 cache
192 KB
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
4 MB
Chip lithography
32 nm
of 5 (Apple M1)
64 bit support


Information on Athlon II X4 740 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
Socket FM2
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 watt

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Athlon II X4 740. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.



Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.


Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Athlon II X4 740 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 88% minimum and 80% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Athlon II X4 740 from Intel is Core i3-3250T, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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