AMD A10-6790K vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650

Compare AMD A10-Series APU for Desktops 2 core CPU vs Intel Core 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

18 %
Identical
18 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

32 %
33 %
3% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

14 %
Identical
14 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

13 %
14 %
7% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

1,399
4% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
1,333

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

522
21% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
430

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

2
4
100% significantly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

4
Identical
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
33% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

100 W
95 W
5% slightly lower TDP

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

4 MiB
12 MiB
200% significantly more L2 cache

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

857th of 1,337
838th of 1,337

Family

The product line

A10-Series APU for Desktops
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

October 2013
August 2008

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3
-

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
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A10-6790K vs Core 2 Quad Q9650 specs and performance

In our benchmarks, the Core 2 Quad Q9650 beats the A10-6790K in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the A10-6790K in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core 2 Quad Q9650 has significantly more cores than the A10-6790K. Indeed, the Core 2 Quad Q9650 has 4 cores compared to 2 cores found in the A10-6790K. But they both have the same number of threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the A10-6790K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core 2 Quad Q9650. The Core 2 Quad Q9650 outputs less heat than A10-6790K thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. In terms of cache, the Core 2 Quad Q9650 has significantly more L2 cache when compared to the A10-6790K

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the A10-6790K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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