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AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE vs AMD Phenom II X4 N970 vs AMD Phenom II X4 P960

AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE

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The AMD Phenom II Black Edition Quad-Core X940 or Phenom II X4 X940 BE is the fastest version of the Phenom II X4 for laptops (in Q1 2011) and features an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. With 45W TDP the AMD CPU needs as much power as the Core i7 quad cores but due to the missing level 3 cache and Turbo Boost, 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 100MHz slower predecessor Phenom II 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.

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 P960

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The AMD Phenom II X4 P960 is a slow clocked quad-core CPU for laptops. Compared to the desktop Phenom II, the mobile Phenom II X4 offer no level 3 cache and are therefore compareable to the desktop Athlon X4 line. The slow clock speed allows the low powerconsumption (25 W TDP) but may lead to a bad performance in single threaded applications and games. The single thread performance should be between a 1.5 GHz and 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. If all four cores are used in benchmarks, the performance may reach the level of a Core i3 processor.

As the current Intel Core i3 CPUs, the P960 offers an integrated DDR3 memory controller (up to DDR3-1066). However it is still manufactured in 45nm (SOI process).

ModelAMD Phenom II X4 X940 BEAMD Phenom II X4 N970AMD Phenom II X4 P960
SeriesAMD Phenom II X4AMD Phenom II X4AMD Phenom II X4
CodenameChamplainChamplainChamplain
Series: Phenom II X4 Champlain
AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE « 2.4 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE2.3 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9702.2 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9502.1 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9302 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9601.8 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9401.7 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9201.6 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE2.4 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE2.3 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N970 « 2.2 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9502.1 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9302 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9601.8 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9401.7 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9201.6 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE2.4 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE2.3 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9702.2 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9502.1 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 N9302 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P960 « 1.8 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9401.7 GHz4 / 4 cores
AMD Phenom II X4 P9201.6 GHz4 / 4 cores
Clock2400 MHz2200 MHz1800 MHz
FSB360036003600
L1 Cache256 KB512 KB512 KB
L2 Cache2 MB2 MB2 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 44 / 44 / 4
TDP45 Watt35 Watt25 Watt
Technology45 nm45 nm45 nm
SocketS1S1S1 (S1g4)
Featuresintegrated DDR3-1333 memory controller, HyperTransport 3.0, Enhanced Virus Protection, AMD64, SSE4A, unlocked multiplierMMX, 3DNow, SSE (1,2,3,4A), AMD64, Enhanced Virus Protection, Virtualization, integrated DDR3-1066 memory controller, HyperTransport 3.0
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
ManufacturerAMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 N970 +
2.5 Points (4%)
81%
1 P960 +
min: 2     avg: 2     median: 2 (3%)     max: 2.05 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 N970 +
1861 Points (11%)
83%
1 P960 +
1542 Points (9%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 N970 +
min: 6795     avg: 6811     median: 6810.5 (5%)     max: 6826 Points
79%
1 P960 +
5354 Points (4%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 N970 +
8347 Points (6%)
80%
1 P960 +
6649 Points (5%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 N970 +
2327 Points (13%)
83%
1 P960 +
1922 Points (10%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 N970 +
min: 543     avg: 549     median: 548.5 (6%)     max: 554 s
98%
1 P960 +
705 s (8%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 N970 +
17.8 s (4%)
99%
1 P960 +
24 s (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 N970 +
min: 3039     avg: 3043     median: 3042.5 (6%)     max: 3046 Points
83%
1 P960 +
2519 Points (5%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 N970 +
min: 34.7     avg: 35     median: 35 (8%)     max: 35.3 s
98%
1 P960 +
45 s (10%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 N970 +
min: 79.6     avg: 80.3     median: 80.3 (3%)     max: 80.9 s
99%
1 P960 +
102 s (4%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 N970 +
1883 s (8%)
98%
1 P960 +
2360 s (10%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 N970 +
32130 MIPS (15%)
85%
1 P960 +
27374 MIPS (13%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 N970 +
25330 MFLOPS (19%)
84%
1 P960 +
21381 MFLOPS (16%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 N970 +
6.9 Points (88%)
96%
1 P960 +
6.6 Points (85%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 N970 +
7282 Points (7%)
82%
1 P960 +
5971 Points (6%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 N970 +
1940 Points (5%)
79%
1 P960 +
1542 Points (4%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Phenom II X4 N970 → NAN% n=

Average Benchmarks AMD Phenom II X4 P960 → NAN% n=

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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