Intel Core i7-970 vs AMD Ryzen 3 2300X

Intel Core i7-970
AMD Ryzen 3 2300X

General info

Comparing Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
16.76
 
n/d
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
n/d
 
AMD Ryzen 3
Achitecture codename
Gulftown
 
Zen
Release date
on July 2010
 
10 September 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$662
 
n/d
Price now
$149
 
n/d

Technical specs

Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
6
 
4
Number of threads
12
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.46 GHz
 
3.5 GHz
Bus support
n/d
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
128K (per core)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
4 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
239 mm2
 
210 mm2
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
1170 million
 
4,950 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
-
 
+
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 
n/d

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
AM4
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
-
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Demand Based Switching
-
 
n/d
PAE
36 Bit
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X.
Supported memory types
DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
 
DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
3
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB / s
 
43.71 GB / s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X.
PCIe revision
n/d
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
n/d
 
20

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-970 17.65
Ryzen 3 2300X 17.66 +0.1%

Passmark

i7-970 8360
Ryzen 3 2300X 8367 +0.1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-970 and Ryzen 3 2300X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-970

We are unaware of any advantages of Intel Core i7-970 over AMD Ryzen 3 2300X.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 3 2300X

0.1% faster in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 130 watts)
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)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
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)
Unlocked
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-970 or Ryzen 3 2300X?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i7-970 and AMD Ryzen 3 2300X. The differences in performance seem too small.
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