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AMD FX-6300 vs Phenom X4 9850 (95W)

Mini Review

AMD FX-6300 advantages

  • More CPU cores on the AMD FX-6300 help to handle multiple tasks or heavily multi-threaded programs.
  • In single-threaded tasks, our estimates show that this microprocessor is about 33% faster.
  • Based on our estimates, multi-threaded performance of the FX-6300 is higher.
  • The AMD FX-6300 has SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions enabled.
  • The FX-6300 supports Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) technology, that accelerates AES encryption. The technology is useful if you need to secure your disk or network data.
  • The CPU features AVX, F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions, introduced in the recent past. Even though these extensions are not extensively used by applications yet, their support should improve in future programs.
  • The FX-6300 has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. The FMA4 technology is only offered on AMD processors, for that reason it probably will not get broad support from software vendors.
  • The clock multiplier on the FX-6300 microprocessor is not locked. The processor can be effortlessly overclocked on most motherboards to achieve better performance.

AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W) advantages

  • 3DNow! instructions are enabled on this microprocessor. These instructions can increase performance of certain old games. The 3DNow! set was depreciated, and not used in modern programs.

FX-6300 vs 9850 estimated performance

The charts below illustrate performance of FX-6300 and Phenom X4 9850 (95W) microprocessors. Performance numbers for FX-6300 were determined based on a variety of benchmarks. Results for Phenom X4 9850 (95W) were estimated from benchmark results of other processors with identical core and microarchitecture. Please note that the estimate has greater error of margin than results obtained using real-world tests. Additionally, this is an averaged performance, and the difference in individual benchmarks may be worse or better than what you see in the charts below.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.33
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.53
 
1
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD FX-6300       - AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W)

FX-6300 vs 9850 specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important AMD FX-6300 and 9850 characteristics. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a processor performs. The "Operating frequency" graph uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
7
5.6
4.2
2.8
1.4
0
 
 
6
 
4
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4.1GHz
 
2.5GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
14MB
 
4MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
110
88
66
44
22
0
 
 
95W
 
95W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD FX-6300       - AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W)

Detailed side by side comparison of FX-6300 vs AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

FX-6300 Phenom X4 9850 (95W)
General recommendations:
Faster in single- and multi-threaded applications,
Comes with more CPU cores,
Can handle more threads at once,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Simple overclocking for higher performance
  General recommendations:
None

Drawbacks:

None
 

Drawbacks:

Smaller number of CPU cores,
Handles fewer threads,
Lacks some instructions

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FX-6300 Phenom X4 9850 (95W)
 

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Specifications

Please visit AMD FX-6300 and AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD FX-6300AMD Phenom X4 9850 (95W)
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMD
FamilyFX-SeriesPhenom X4
Basic details
Model numberFX-63009850
CPU part numberFD6300WMW6KHKHD9850WCJ4BGH
Box part numberFD6300WMHKBOX 
Introduction dateOctober 23, 2012 
Current official price$112 (as of Mar 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameVisheraAgena
Platform nameVolan 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverK10
Technology (micron)0.0320.065
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM3+Socket AM2 / Socket AM2+
Frequency (MHz)35002500
Turbo Frequency (MHz)4100 
Bus speed (MHz)2600 (HT/QPI)2000 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier 12.5
L1 cache192 KB (code) / 96 KB (data)256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)61442048
L3 cache (KB)81922048
Max temperature (°C) 55 - 70
TDP (Watt)95
Core voltage (V) 1.2 - 1.25
Cores64
Threads64
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!-+
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
BMI1 / Bit Manipulation+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
FMA4 / 4-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+-
SSE4.2+-
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+-
XOP / eXtended Operations+-
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR2-1066
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