AMD Phenom II X4 960T vs Intel Core i3-2100

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AMD Phenom II X4 960T advantages



AMD Phenom II X4 960T
  • This microprocessor is 17% faster in multi-threaded tasks.
  • The processor has 3DNow! instructions enabled. Although the 3DNow! instruction set may improve performance of certain old games, it is now obsolete, and it is no longer used by modern applications.
  • The clock multiplier on the microprocessor is not locked. Hence, the processor can be easily overclocked on most motherboards to achieve better performance.

Intel Core i3-2100 advantages



Intel Core i3-2100
  • In single-threaded applications, the microprocessor is 29% faster.
  • Memory performance of the processor is better.
  • The microprocessor includes SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.
  • The Core i3-2100 features AVX instructions. These extensions are not extensively used in programs yet, but their support should improve in future apps.
  • The CPU has on-chip HD 2000 graphics unit. This graphics is not powerful enough to run latest games at full resolution, however it can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.
  • Power consumption of the microprocessor is lower.

960T vs i3-2100 performance comparison

The charts in the table below show relative performance of Phenom II X4 960T and Core i3-2100 CPUs in various types of applications. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can see in the "Benchmarks" tab. As a result, performance in individual benchmarks may be worse or better than what you see in the charts on this page. We also averaged the results for task type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and displayed them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.29
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.17
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.02
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.02
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Phenom II X4 960T       - Intel Core i3-2100

Exhaustive list of benchmarks, that demonstrate difference in performance between Phenom II X4 960T and Intel i3-2100 in various types of tests, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


960T vs i3-2100 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
110
88
66
44
22
0
 
 
95W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Phenom II X4 960T vs i3-2100 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Much more detailed comparison of internal features of both microprocessors is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Phenom II X4 960T Core i3-2100
General recommendations:
Performs somewhat faster in multi-threaded programs,
Allows easy overclocking
  General recommendations:
Performs a bit faster in all kinds of tasks,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX instructions,
Integrates HD 2000 GPU,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

A bit worse overall performance,
Does not support some instructions,
Comes without integrated GPU,
Higher power consumption
 

Drawbacks:

Not as fast in multi-threaded programs

Similar processors

Phenom II X4 960T Core i3-2100
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as AMD Phenom II X4 960T and Core i3-2100.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD Phenom II X4 960T and Intel Core i3-2100 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Phenom II X4 960TIntel Core i3-2100
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyPhenom II X4Core i3
Basic details
Model number960Ti3-2100
CPU part numberHD96ZTWFK4DGRCM8062301061600
Box part numberHD96ZTWFGRBOXBX80623I32100
BXC80623I32100
Introduction dateSeptember 30, 2010February 20, 2011
 
CPU features
Core nameZosmaSandy Bridge
Platform nameLeo 
MicroarchitectureK10Sandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0450.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)30003100
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3400 
Bus speed (MHz)2000 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier1531
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)2048512
L3 cache (KB)61443072
Max temperature (°C) 69.1
TDP (Watt)9565
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.4 
Cores42
Threads4
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+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD 2000
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR2-1066, DDR3-1333DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Phenom II X4 960T" or "Intel Core i3-2100" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD Phenom II X4 960T and Intel Core i3-2100 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASUS P8P67
2. ASROCK M3A780GXH/128M
3. ASUS P8H61-M

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3
2. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3

VID - Video card(s):
1. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)
3. INTEGRATED ON-CHIP INTEL SANDY BRIDGE 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.


Phenom II X4 960T vs Intel Core i3-2100 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 Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
68.0%222
43.9%323

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
72.2%222

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.5%323
88.0%222

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
80.5%222

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
75.6%222

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%323
92.9%222

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
61.8%222

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.9%323
85.7%222


Phenom II X4 960T vs Intel Core i3-2100 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 Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
90.7%111
79.5%222

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.2%111
78.3%222

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
76.1%111
74.7%323

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
95.0%111
94.3%323

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
94.9%111
94.2%323

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
94.8%323
94.8%111

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
85.6%111
84.7%323

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.2%111
89.8%222

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
74.8%111
74.3%323

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
81.8%111
81.3%323

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
87.7%111
87.1%323

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
96.2%222

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
96.9%111
96.7%323

MySQL 5.0.27 - selecting data benchmark

Shows the number of SQL requests per second served by MySQL server v5.0.27, running on the same computer. This test does not scale beyond 6 CPU cores.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
87.2%111
86.7%323

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
76.4%111
75.8%323

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.1%323
95.9%222

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
51.6%111
51.5%323

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
86.0%111
85.6%323

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.6%323
89.2%222

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
84.2%111
83.8%323

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
77.9%111
77.6%323


Phenom II X4 960T vs Intel Core i3-2100 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.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.
     

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
20.3%323
8.9%222

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
32.8%323
23.9%222

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
30.3%222
22.6%323


Phenom II X4 960T vs Intel Core i3-2100 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 Phenom II X4 960T           Intel Core i3-2100

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
78.1%111
77.3%323

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
89.1%323
79.1%222

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.2%323
78.1%222

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
98.4%111
97.7%222

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD Phenom II X4 960T and Intel Core i3-2100 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 FamilyPhenom II X4Core i3
Model / Processor Number960Ti3-2100
Frequency2993 MHz3110 MHz
CWID version0.4
Part numberHD96ZTWFK4DGRCM8062301061600
S-Spec / Stepping CodeACBBE CB 1013APMWSR05C
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 960T Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz
Processor name (CWID)Phenom II(tm) X4 960T 
Cores42
Logical processors4
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingPH-E0 
CPUID signature100FA0206A7
Family16 (010h) 6 (06h)
Model10 (0Ah)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 0 (00h) 7 (07h)
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: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
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: Size4 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size4 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: Size4 x 512 KB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity48-way set associative12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size64 bytes
L3: Lines per tag1 
L3: Size6 MB3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
AVX-+
Extensions to 3DNow!+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3-+
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ-+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT / STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE / XRESTORE states-+
 
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)+-
Turbo Core+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
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+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF / SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Software thermal control+-
Support for NRIP save+-
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+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
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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