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AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Intel Core i3-550

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) advantages

  • The AMD 6000+ microprocessor incorporates 3DNow! instructions. While the 3DNow! instruction set may enhance performance of certain old games and software, it is now obsolete, and it is no longer used in modern applications.

Intel Core i3-550 advantages

  • In single-threaded programs, this processor is about 75% faster.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the CPU is higher.
  • In memory-intensive applications, the processor is 46% faster.
  • The microprocessor has SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions enabled.
  • In addition to 2 CPU cores, the processor integrates HD (Nehalem) graphics. This GPU is not powerful enough to play latest games at full resolution, however it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Power consumption of the CPU is lower.

6000+ vs i3-550 performance comparison

The charts in the section below demonstrate performance of Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) and Core i3-550 processors in various kinds of tasks. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. Consequentally, the shown results may differ from results, that you may see in individual tests. The 'Overall performance' displays an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each program type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.75
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.78
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.46
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.65
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)       - Intel Core i3-550

Complete list of benchmarks, that show difference in performance between AMD 6000+ and i3-550 in various types of applications, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


6000+ vs i3-550 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
125W
 
73W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Core i3-550 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both CPUs you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) Core i3-550
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Considerably better performance in all application types,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 instructions,
Comes with HD (Nehalem) graphics,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Slow,
Does not support some instructions,
Does not have on-chip GPU,
Needs much more power
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) Core i3-550
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) and Intel Core i3-550.


Where to buy


The processors are obsolete. For that reason the best place to look for them is eBay. Third party sellers at Amazon may also carry them.
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Specifications

Please visit AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) and Intel Core i3-550 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)Intel Core i3-550
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyAthlon 64 X2Core i3
Basic details
Model number6000+i3-550
CPU part numberADX6000IAA6CZCM80616003174AJ
Box part numberADX6000CZBOXBX80616I3550
BXC80616I3550
Introduction dateFebruary 20, 2007May 30, 2010
 
CPU features
Core nameWindsorClarkdale
MicroarchitectureK8Nehalem
Technology (micron)0.090.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2Socket 1156
Frequency (MHz)30003200
Clock Multiplier15 
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)2048512
L3 cache (KB) 4096
Max temperature (°C)55 - 6372.6
TDP (Watt)12573
Core voltage (V)1.35 / 1.40.65 - 1.4
Cores2
Threads24
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD (Nehalem)
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)" or "Intel Core i3-550" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a complete set of AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) and Intel Core i3-550 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard with 2GB dual-channel Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400). The latter processor was tested on ASUS P7P55D motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400) graphics.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Intel Core i3-550 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)           Intel Core i3-550

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
69.8%

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
77.0%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
44.4%


Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Intel Core i3-550 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)           Intel Core i3-550

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
58.9%

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
58.9%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
52.0%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
65.7%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
36.9%

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)           Intel Core i3-550

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
67.0%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
55.7%

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
46.6%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
57.5%


Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Intel Core i3-550 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)           Intel Core i3-550

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
93.1%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
89.7%


Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) vs Intel Core i3-550 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W)           Intel Core i3-550

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
80.9%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
28.9%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
68.4%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3 GHz, 125W) and Intel Core i3-550 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyAthlon 64 X2Core i3
Model / Processor Number6000+i3-550
Frequency2902 MHz3614 MHz
CWID version0.30.4
Part numberADX6000IAA6CZCM80616003174AJ
S-Spec / Stepping CodeCCB8F 0751MPMWSLBUD
CommentWindsor 
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Cores2
Logical processors24
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingJH-F3 
CPUID signature40F3320655
Family15 (0Fh) 6 (06h)
Model67 (043h)37 (025h)
Stepping 3 (03h) 5 (05h)
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, fully associative, 7 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size2 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative4-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size2 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments Non-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size2 x 1 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 16-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Direct-mapped|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 4 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
Extensions to 3DNow!+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3-+
 
Additional instructions
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT-+
POPCNT-+
RDTSCP+
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
 
Other features
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations+-
Frequency ID control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Model-specific registers+
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Process context identifiers-+
Self-snoop-+
Software thermal control+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states-+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Voltage ID control+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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