Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600 vs AMD Athlon X2 QL-64

Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600
AMD Athlon X2 QL-64

General info

Comparing Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 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
 
2x AMD Athlon
Achitecture codename
Penryn
 
Lion
Release date
1 March 2009
 
1 January 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
$316
 
n/d

Technical specs

Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 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 SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
2
Number of threads
2
 
2
Maximum frequency
2.13 GHz
 
2.1 GHz
FSB
1066 MHz
 
3600 MHz
L1 cache
128 KB
 
256 KB
L2 cache
6134 KB
 
1 MB
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
 
65 nm
Die size
107 mm2
 
n/d
Transistor count
410 Million
 
n/d
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
n/d
 
1
Socket
BGA956
 
S1
Power consumption (TDP)
17 Watt
 
35 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
PowerNow
-
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

2 Duo SL9600 15.83
Athlon X2 QL-64 12.47 +26.9%

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

2 Duo SL9600 2054 +27.3%
Athlon X2 QL-64 1614

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

2 Duo SL9600 3281 +1.8%
Athlon X2 QL-64 3223

wPrime 32

2 Duo SL9600 43
Athlon X2 QL-64 43 +0.7%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600

26.9% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (1 March 2009 vs 1 January 2009)
Finer manufacturing process technology (45 vs 65 nm)
Less power hungry (17 vs 35 watts)

Advantages of AMD Athlon X2 QL-64

MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
SSE (Streaming SIMD Instructions - a SIMD instruction extension working with 128-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
PowerNow

So, Core 2 Duo SL9600 or Athlon X2 QL-64?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600.
Should you still have questions on choice between Core 2 Duo SL9600 and Athlon X2 QL-64, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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