AMD A8-5600K vs Intel Core i7-965

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AMD A8-5600K advantages

  • This CPU offers higher operating frequency than the i7-965.
  • The A8-5600K processor has Advanced Encryption Standard technology enabled. These instructions accelerate AES encryption and decryption, and are beneficial if you run applications, that secure your disk or network data.
  • The A8-5600K microprocessor features AVX, F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions. These extensions are not broadly used by programs yet, but their support should improve in future apps.
  • The A8-5600K CPU has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. Only AMD CPUs offer this technology, therefore not many software vendors may support it in the future.
  • The AMD A8-5600K features on-chip Radeon HD 7560D GPU. This graphics unit can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.
  • Power consumption of the AMD A8-5600K is lower.
  • The Socket FM2, used by the processor, is still actively supported by AMD. The company has plans to launch new products for the socket in the future.

Intel Core i7-965 advantages

  • The microprocessor incorporates Hyper-Threading feature, which allows each CPU core to process two threads at once.

A8-5600K vs i7-965 specifications comparison

The charts below show the difference between i7-965 and A8-5600K most important characteristics. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional 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. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
4
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
3.9GHz
 
3.47GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
10
8
6
4
2
0
 
 
4MB
 
9MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
100W
 
130W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A8-5600K       - Intel Core i7-965

Detailed side by side comparison of A8-5600K vs i7-965 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A8-5600K Core i7-965
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Supports AVX / F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Includes Radeon HD 7560D GPU,
Needs less power,
Non-obsolete socket
  General recommendations:
Handles more simultaneous threads

Drawbacks:

Executes fewer threads
 

Drawbacks:

Runs at lower frequency,
Does not support some instructions,
Does not have integrated graphics,
Somewhat higher power consumption,
No products planned for the socket

Similar processors

A8-5600K Core i7-965
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A8-5600K and i7-965, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A8-5600K and Intel Core i7-965 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A8-5600KIntel Core i7-965
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA8-SeriesCore i7 Extreme Edition
Basic details
Model numberA8-5600Ki7-965
CPU part numberAD560KWOA44HJAT80601000918AA
Box part numberAD560KWOHJBOXBX80601965
Introduction dateOctober 2, 2012November 17, 2008
Current official price$91 (as of Jan 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameTrinityBloomfield
Platform nameVirgoX58
MicroarchitecturePiledriverNehalem
Technology (micron)0.0320.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM2Socket 1366
Frequency (MHz)36003200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)39003467 / 3333 / 3333 / 3333
Bus speed (MHz) 3200 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier 24
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)40961024
L3 cache (KB) 8192
Max temperature (°C)7467.9
TDP (Watt)100130
Max power dissipation (Watt) 230.14
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.4750.8 - 1.375
Cores4
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
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
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Unlocked multiplier+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7560DNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels23
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
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