Intel Core 2 Duo P9600 vs AMD Phenom II X3 N870

Intel Core 2 Duo P9600
AMD Phenom II X3 N870

General info

Comparing Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core 2 Duo
 
3x AMD Phenom II
Achitecture codename
Penryn
 
Champlain
Release date
1 January 2009
 
16 December 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
$348
 
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Technical specs

Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
3
Number of threads
2
 
3
Maximum frequency
2.66 GHz
 
2.3 GHz
Bus support
1066 MHz
 
3600 MHz
L1 cache
128 KB
 
384 KB
L2 cache
6134 KB
 
1.5 MB
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
107 mm2
 
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Transistor count
410 Million
 
n/d
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Socket
PGA478
 
S1 (S1g4)
Power consumption (TDP)
25 Watt
 
35 Watt

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core 2 Duo P9600 and Phenom II X3 N870 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core 2 Duo P9600

Less power hungry (25 vs 35 watts)

Advantages of AMD Phenom II X3 N870

0.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (16 December 2010 vs 1 January 2009)
MMX(+)
SSE (Streaming SIMD Instructions - a SIMD instruction extension working with 128-bit registers)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core 2 Duo P9600 or Phenom II X3 N870?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core 2 Duo P9600 and AMD Phenom II X3 N870. The differences in performance seem too small.
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