AMD Phenom II X4 N970: specs and benchmarks

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Phenom II X4 N970
AMD Phenom II X4 N970
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Year of release 2010
Performance 1.31


AMD started Phenom II X4 N970 sales 16 December 2010. This is a Champlain architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 45 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2200 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is S1 processor with a TDP of 35 Watt.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 9654.

EPYC 9654EPYC9654

General info

Phenom II X4 N970 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2116
Market segmentLaptop
Series4x AMD Phenom II
Architecture codenameChamplain (2010−2011)
Release date16 December 2010 (12 years old)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Boost clock speed2.2 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
Bus support3600 MHz
L1 cache512 KBof 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache2 MBof 36 (Apple M2 Max)
Chip lithography45 nmof 4 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-


Information on Phenom II X4 N970 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Power consumption (TDP)35 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Phenom II X4 N970. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Phenom II X4 N970 1.31


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Phenom II X4 N970 1647

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Phenom II X4 N970 263

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Phenom II X4 N970 934

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

Phenom II X4 N970 1861

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Phenom II X4 N970 6811

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Phenom II X4 N970 3043

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

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Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Phenom II X4 N970 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.

Intel equivalent

According to our data, the closest Intel alternative to Phenom II X4 N970 is Core i7-720QM, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 5 positions in our ranking.

i7-720QMCore i7720QM

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Phenom II X4 N970:

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

i3-4010UCore i34010U
i7-720QMCore i7720QM
i3-4005UCore i34005U
i3-3110MCore i33110M

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Phenom II X4 N970, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Phenom II X4 N970 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 531 configurations based on Phenom II X4 N970 in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.2% (1/531)
RX 6800 Radeon RX 6800
0.2% (1/531)
RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3070
0.2% (1/531)
RX 6700 Radeon RX 6700
0.2% (1/531)
RTX 3060 GeForce RTX 3060
0.4% (2/531)
RX 6600 Radeon RX 6600
0.2% (1/531)
RX 5700 Radeon RX 5700
0.2% (1/531)
RX 6600M Radeon RX 6600M
2.3% (12/531)
RX 6700M Radeon RX 6700M
2.3% (12/531)

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4.5 63 votes

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