AMD Phenom II X4 N970 vs AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

AMD Phenom II X4 N970

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The AMD Phenom II X4 N970 Quad Core is a laptop CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz. Due to a missing Turbo and no level 3 cache, the performance of the N970 should be between a Core i3-330M and a Core 2 Quad Q9000. Compared to desktop CPUs, the Phenom II laptop CPUs are similar to the desktop Athlon II processors because of the missing level 3 cache. Therefore, the N970 is similar to a low clocked Athlon II X4 CPU produced in 45nm SOI.

The Phenom II includes an integrated memory controller for DDR3 (max. 1333) main memory. It supports MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A.

AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

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The AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE (Black Edition) Quad Core was the fastest version of the Phenom II X4 for laptops in Q2 2010 and features an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. It was later replaced by the 100 MHz higher clocked X940 BE. With 45W TDP the AMD CPU needs as much power as the Core i7 quad cores but due to the missing level 3 cache, the performance should be worse. Compared to the desktop CPUs, the mobile Phenom II X4 is similar to a Athlon II X4 and produced in 45nm SOI.

The performance of the X920 differs from benchmark to benchmark. If only one core is used, the AMD quad core processor is only on par with a slow 2 GHz Core 2 Duo (e.g. Cinebench R10 Single). The old single threaded SuperPi benchmark is traditionally for AMD even worst on a level of a 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. However, if all four cores are used, the performance scores are in regions of the fast dual cores Core i5-540M to i7-640M (Cinebench R10 Multi, wPrieme 2, CB 11.5). The slowest Core i7 quad core (720QM) is still in every benchmark faster than the AMD CPU.

The Phenom II includes an integrated memory controller for DDR3 (max. 1333) main memory. It supports MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A.

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AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE (compare)2400 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE2300 MHz4 / 4
» AMD Phenom II X4 N9702200 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 N950 (compare)2100 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 N930 (compare)2000 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P960 (compare)1800 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P940 (compare)1700 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P920 (compare)1600 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE (compare)2400 MHz4 / 4
» AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE2300 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 N9702200 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 N950 (compare)2100 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 N930 (compare)2000 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P960 (compare)1800 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P940 (compare)1700 MHz4 / 4
AMD Phenom II X4 P920 (compare)1600 MHz4 / 4
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AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
N970 +
2.5 Points (6%)
min: 2.6     avg: 2.6     median: 2.6 (7%)     max: 2.62 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
N970 +
1861 Points (19%)
min: 1878     avg: 1940     median: 1935 (20%)     max: 2008 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
N970 +
min: 6795     avg: 6811     median: 6810.5 (11%)     max: 6826 Points
min: 6900     avg: 7048     median: 7082 (12%)     max: 7161 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
N970 +
8347 Points (11%)
min: 8276     avg: 8391     median: 8390.5 (11%)     max: 8505 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
N970 +
2327 Points (22%)
min: 2362     avg: 2379     median: 2379 (22%)     max: 2396 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
N970 +
min: 543.3     avg: 548     median: 548.4 (6%)     max: 553.52 seconds
min: 528.483     avg: 540     median: 540.2 (6%)     max: 552 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
N970 +
17.8 seconds (4%)
min: 16.661     avg: 17.5     median: 17.5 (4%)     max: 18.33 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
17.1 seconds (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
N970 +
min: 3039     avg: 3043     median: 3042.5 (20%)     max: 3046 Points
min: 3118     avg: 3241     median: 3164 (21%)     max: 3442 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
N970 +
min: 34.7     avg: 35     median: 35 (8%)     max: 35.3 Seconds
min: 24.7     avg: 30.5     median: 33 (7%)     max: 33.743 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
N970 +
min: 79.62     avg: 80.3     median: 80.3 (3%)     max: 80.9 Seconds
min: 76     avg: 76.7     median: 76.7 (3%)     max: 77.329 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
N970 +
1883 Seconds (8%)
1793 Seconds (8%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
N970 +
32130 MIPS (15%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
N970 +
25330 MFLOPS (19%)
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
4683 Points (29%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
N970 +
6.9 points (88%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
N970 +
7282 Points (10%)
7671 Points (11%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
N970 +
1940 points (9%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Phenom II X4 N970 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE → 102%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)