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 %
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 %
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

4% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

21% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units


Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
33% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz


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


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

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


The product line

A10-Series APU for Desktops

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

October 2013
August 2008

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


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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