07
Apr
2015

Old vs new: QuadCore Wars!

August 2009 saw the release of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition; a 140W monster that soon got replaced by its 125W variant:DSCF0039

Above: a slightly amateur-ish photo of when I first got my 965, back in 2009.

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…and installed in the Asrock M3A790GXH/128M motherboard with its badass stock cooler. This motherboard needed to support a TDP of 140W, which this CPU required! I later installed a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus:

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So five years has passed since then, and everything has been working just fine! A friend of mine recently got a new server with an Intel i5-4670K (released in 2013), so I decided to do some comparisons:

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As you can see, the Intel platform now has much better memory bandwidth, and internal speeds inside the chips are much faster now, even though the AMD chip is overclocked to 3.6GHz! I used AIDA64 for testing, here are the other benchmarks in graph form:

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The Intel i5 is, on average, over 2x as fast as the old AMD chip (which was still doing 3.6GHz). The newer i5 supports AES encryption acceleration, which is why it totally trounces the old Phenom II here. I will be adding my AMD FX-6300 to this chart very soon!

In conclusion, its painfully obvious that newer parts are much faster than older ones. Moore’s Law states that transistor count doubles approximately every 2 years. The Phenom II had 758 million transistors – the i5 now has 1.4 billion, which is only double in about 4 years. So I can say that my investment into the AMD chip certainly paid off, as it is still a great chip for general productivity and gaming!

Stay tuned as I take a further look into AMD’s best value chip: the FX-6300!

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