Intel Core i7-990X vs AMD A10-7850K

Intel Core i7-990X
AMD A10-7850K

General info

Comparing Core i7-990X and A10-7850K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.97
 
16.21
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
no data
 
AMD A-Series (Desktop)
Architecture codename
Gulftown
 
Kaveri
Release date
24 February 2011
 
14 January 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,104
 
$173
Price now
$350
 
$219

Technical specs

Core i7-990X and A10-7850K quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-990X and A10-7850K performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
6
 
4
Number of threads
12
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.73 GHz
 
4 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
256 KB
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
4096 KB
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
28 nm
Die size
239 mm2
 
245 mm2
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
72 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
no data
 
74 °C
Transistor count
1,170 million
 
2410 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 
no data

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-990X and A10-7850K 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
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
FM2+
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 
95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-990X and A10-7850K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
no data
AES-NI
+
 
+
FMA
-
 
FMA4
AVX
-
 
+
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
DualGraphics
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
+
PowerNow
-
 
+
PowerGating
-
 
+
Out-of-band client management
-
 
+
VirusProtect
-
 
+
HSA
-
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
+
 
no data
Idle States
+
 
no data
Demand Based Switching
-
 
no data
PAE
36 Bit
 
no data

Security technologies

Core i7-990X and A10-7850K technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-990X and A10-7850K are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-x
+
 
no data
EPT
+
 
no data
IOMMU 2.0
-
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-990X and A10-7850K.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066
 
DDR3-2133
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
no data
Max memory channels
3
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB / s
 
no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-990X and A10-7850K.
Integrated graphics
no data
 
iGPU core count
no data
 
8
Number of pipelines
no data
 
512
Enduro
-
 
+
Switchable graphics
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-990X and A10-7850K integrated GPUs.
DisplayPort
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-990X and A10-7850K integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
no data
 
DirectX® 12
Vulkan
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-990X and A10-7850K.
PCIe revision
no data
 
3.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-990X and A10-7850K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-990X 9.43
A10-7850K 12.00 +27.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i7-990X 8320 +113.3%
A10-7850K 3900

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-990X and A10-7850K are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-990X

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

Advantages of AMD A10-7850K

27.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (14 January 2014 vs 24 February 2011)
Cheaper ($173 vs $1104)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (95 vs 130 watts)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
VT (Virtualization Technology - Intel's virtualization hardware acceleration. Speeds up work with virtual machines)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
FRTC
FreeSync
DualGraphics
TrueAudioMenu
PowerNow
PowerGatingMenu
OutofBandManageMenu
Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)
HSA
IOMMU20Menu
Enduro (saves battery charge by automatically switching between an integrated and discrete AMD GPU depending on workload. Similar to NVIDIA Optimus)
SwitchableGraphics
UVDMenu
VCEMenu
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, Core i7-990X or A10-7850K?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD A10-7850K.
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