AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 20 April 2014. Page 3 of 6. 24 Comments

With Xonotic at low image quality settings was the only scenario where the older Phenom CPUs were beating out the 2014 budget-priced APUs... Worth noting is that the Phenom CPUs have dual channel memory support whereas the new AM1 APUs are limited to single-channel memory.

However, when upping the image quality intensity to high, the Sempron and Athlon low-cost APUs were back to beating these formerly high-cost CPUs.

When it comes to the processor performance, the Phenom II X3 710 was generally just ahead of the AMD Athlon 5350 while the Phenom 9500 was a ways away. The Phenom II X3 710 is much older than the Athlon 5350 but has a clock speed of 2.6GHz compared to 2.05GHz out of the Athlon 5350 and it supports dual channel memory. When factoring though that the two Phenom CPUs have a 95 Watt TDP compared to the new AM1 APUs having a 25 Watt TDP, the newer APUs obviously have a heavy advantage.

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