Intel Pentium G6960 vs AMD Phenom II X2 550

Intel Pentium G6960
AMD Phenom II X2 550

General info

Comparing Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
12.09
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Achitecture codename
Clarkdale
 
Callisto
Release date
January 2011
 
November 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
n/d
 
$133
Price now
n/d
 
$50

Technical specs

Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
2
Number of threads
2
 
2
Maximum frequency
2.93 GHz
 
3.1 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
128 KB (per core)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
512 KB (per core)
L3 cache
3072 KB (shared)
 
6 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
81 mm2
 
258 mm2
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
382 million
 
758 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.65V-1.4V
 
n/d

Compatibility

Information on Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 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
FCLGA1156
 
AM3
Power consumption (TDP)
73 Watt
 
80 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
vPro
-
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
-
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
-
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Demand Based Switching
-
 
n/d
PAE
36 Bit
 
n/d
FDI
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 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 Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 are enumerated here.
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066
 
DDR3
Maximum memory size
16.38 GB
 
n/d
Max memory channels
2
 
n/d
Maximum memory bandwidth
17 GB / s
 
n/d

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD
 
n/d

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
n/d

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Pentium G6960 4.29 +1.7%
Phenom II X2 550 4.22

Passmark

Pentium G6960 2059 +1.8%
Phenom II X2 550 2023

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Pentium G6960 and Phenom II X2 550 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Pentium G6960

1.7% faster in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 45 nm)
Less power hungry (73 vs 80 watts)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

Advantages of AMD Phenom II X2 550

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)

So, Pentium G6960 or Phenom II X2 550?

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