AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) vs Intel Core i3-2120T

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) advantages



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  • The AMD 5600+ has 3DNow! instructions enabled. The 3DNow! instruction set allows the processor to execute certain floating-point operations faster, and thus improve performance in games, that support the instructions. This technology is obsolete now, and only some old games and software used them.

Intel Core i3-2120T advantages



Intel Core i3-2120T
  • One of the distinctive features of the microprocessor is Hyper-Threading technology, which allows each CPU core to process two threads at once.
  • In single-threaded tasks, it is estimated that the i3-2120T microprocessor is 80% faster.
  • According to our estimates, multi-threaded performance of the Intel Core i3-2120T is better.
  • The CPU supports SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.
  • The microprocessor includes AVX instructions, that were introduced in modern CPUs not too far ago. These extensions are not broadly supported by programs yet, but their support should improve in future apps.
  • The Intel Core i3-2120T has on-chip HD 2000 GPU. This Graphics Processing Unit is not a substitute for high-end graphics cards, however it can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.
  • Power consumption of the Intel Core i3-2120T is lower.

5600+ vs i3-2120T estimated performance

The charts below illustrate relative performance of Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) and Core i3-2120T microprocessors. Results for Core i3-2120T were determined based on a variety of tests. Performance numbers for Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) were approximated from benchmark results of other processors with the same core and microarchitecture. Please note that the estimate has greater error of margin than results obtained using real-world benchmarks. Also, this is an averaged performance, and the shown results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.8
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
1.87
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W)       - Intel Core i3-2120T

5600+ vs i3-2120T specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important 5600+ and Core i3-2120T characteristics. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a CPU performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of additional threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
2
 
4
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
2.8GHz
 
2.6GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
4000
3200
2400
1600
800
0
 
 
2048KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
100
80
60
40
20
0
 
 
89W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W)       - Intel Core i3-2120T

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) vs Core i3-2120T specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) Core i3-2120T
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Much faster in single- and multi-threaded programs,
Handles more simultaneous threads,
Features SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX instructions,
Integrates HD 2000 GPU,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Executes fewer threads,
Lacks some instructions,
Does not have integrated graphics,
Much higher power,
No products planned for the socket
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors


Where to buy


The microprocessors are obsolete. Hence, the best place to find them is eBay. Third party vendors at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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Specifications

Please visit AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W) and Intel Core i3-2120T pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz, 89W)Intel Core i3-2120T
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyAthlon 64 X2Core i3
Basic details
Model number5600+i3-2120T
CPU part numberADA5600IAA6CZCM8062301046008
CM8062301046009
Box part numberADA5600CZBOXBX80623I32120T
BXC80623I32120T
Introduction date September 4, 2011
 
CPU features
Core nameWindsorSandy Bridge
MicroarchitectureK8Sandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.090.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)28002600
Clock Multiplier1426
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)2048512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)55 - 7065
TDP (Watt)8935
Core voltage (V)1.3 / 1.35 
Cores2
Threads24
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions-+
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 2000
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