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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Agena Haswell
MoBo Socket Socket AM2+ Socket 1150 / H3 / LGA1150
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 27 Mar 2008 20 Jul 2014
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 4 2
CPU Threads 4 2
Clock Speed 2.3 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 125 W 35 W
Lithography 65 nm 22 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 70°C 72°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 512 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 2048 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache Size 2 MB 3 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size - 32 GB
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>Virtualization</b> is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily. <br/> <br/> The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W. <br/> <br/> It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications. Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz is an energy efficient budget processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.8GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>Virtualization</b> is activated. <br/> <br/> The processor integrates very weak Graphics called <b>Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Haswell)</b>, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. <br/> Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W. <br/> <br/> It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz is very slightly better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition and the Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more threads than the Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core and Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz has a 0.5 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the 4.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The <span class='gpu1Mention'>Phenom 9600 Quad-Core</span> has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz</span>, but on the other hand, it is the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Pentium G3250T 2.8GHz</span> that has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Phenom 9600 Quad-Core</span>.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.