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AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) vs Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

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AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) advantages



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  • The microprocessor is 15% more energy efficient than the 965.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE) advantages



AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)
  • Single-threaded performance of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU is higher.
  • In multi-threaded applications, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 microprocessor is 50% faster.
  • Memory performance of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor is better.

720 vs 965 performance comparison

The charts demonstrate relative performance of Phenom II X3 720 (BE) and Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE) CPUs in various types of tasks. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance', 'Multi-threaded performance' and 'Discrete Graphics 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 lower or higher than what you see in the charts here. The 'Overall performance' shows an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each type of task.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.2
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.5
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.28
 
 
Higher is better
Discrete Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.22
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE)       - AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for full list of benchmarks, showing performance difference between Phenom II X3 720 (BE) and 965 in various types of tests.


720 vs 965 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
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107W
 
125W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) vs AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both processors you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Phenom II X3 720 (BE) Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)
General recommendations:
Somewhat lower power
  General recommendations:
Performs faster in all kinds of programs

Drawbacks:

Performs somewhat worse in all application types
 

Drawbacks:

Needs somewhat more power

Similar processors

Phenom II X3 720 (BE) Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)
 

Similar CPUs are based on the same core and fit the same socket as 720 and 965.


Where to buy


The microprocessors are no longer produced. Hence, the best place to search for them is eBay. Marketplace sellers at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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Specifications

Please visit AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) and AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE)AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMD
FamilyPhenom II X3Phenom II X4
Basic details
Model number720965
CPU part numberHDZ720WFK3DGIHDZ965FBK4DGM
Box part numberHDZ720WFGIBOXHDZ965FBGMBOX
Introduction dateFebruary 9, 2009November 4, 2009
 
CPU features
Core nameHekaDeneb
Platform nameDragon
MicroarchitectureK10
Technology (micron)0.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3
Frequency (MHz)28003400
Bus speed (MHz)2000 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier1417
L1 cache192 KB (code) / 192 KB (data)256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)15362048
L3 cache (KB)6144
Max temperature (°C)55 - 7355 - 62
TDP (Watt)95 / 106.5125
Core voltage (V)1.15 - 1.4250.825 - 1.4
Cores34
Threads34
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Unlocked multiplier+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Channel width (bits)72
Supported memoryDDR2-1066, DDR3-1333
DIMMs per channelup to 2
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)21.3
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE)" or "AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) and 965 (125W, BE) 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. ASROCK M3A780GXH/128M
2. MSI K9A2 PLATINUM

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
2. 2GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM2X1024-6400C4

VID - Video card(s):
1. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)

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 X3 720 (BE) vs 965 (125W, BE) 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 X3 720 (BE)           AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

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
99.2%221
93.8%111
92.0%221

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%221
98.4%111
82.9%221
82.6%111

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.8%111
82.4%221
82.1%111

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%221
99.9%111
83.2%221
83.1%111


Phenom II X3 720 (BE) vs 965 (125W, BE) 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 X3 720 (BE)           AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

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%221
99.3%111
63.8%111
63.7%221

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%221
99.4%111
63.8%111
63.7%221

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
96.7%221
74.9%111
71.5%221

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%221
99.8%111
61.7%221
61.6%111

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.6%111
61.6%221

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE)           AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.7%111
61.9%221

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%221
99.8%111
61.8%221
61.7%111

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%221
99.8%111
61.8%221
61.7%111

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%221
99.4%111
61.6%111
61.5%221


Phenom II X3 720 (BE) vs 965 (125W, BE) 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 Phenom II X3 720 (BE)           AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

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
100%111
99.8%221
99.6%221

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%221
99.7%111
99.5%221
99.5%111

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.3%111
98.2%111
97.7%221


Phenom II X3 720 (BE) vs 965 (125W, BE) 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 X3 720 (BE)           AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE)

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.2%221
88.5%111
87.5%221

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.3%111
94.9%221
94.4%111

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
96.7%221
78.3%111
75.7%221

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD Phenom II X3 720 (BE) and AMD Phenom II X4 965 (125W, BE) microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMD
CPU FamilyPhenom II X3Phenom II X4
Model / Processor Number720965
Frequency1954 MHz3392 MHz
CWID version0.3
Part numberHDZ720WFK3DGIHDZ965FBK4DGM
S-Spec / Stepping CodeCACZC ACCACAC AC 0939EPMW
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMD
Processor name (BIOS)AMD Processor model unknownAMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor
Processor name (CWID)AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 720 Processor 
Cores34
Logical processors34
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingRB-C2RB-C3
CPUID signature100F42100F43
Family16 (010h)
Model 4 (04h)
Stepping 2 (02h) 3 (03h)
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity2-way set associative
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1
L1 data: Size3 x 64 KB4 x 64 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1
L1 instruction: Size3 x 64 KB4 x 64 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1
L2: Size3 x 512 KB4 x 512 KB
L3: Associativity48-way set associative
L3: Line size64 bytes
L3: Lines per tag1
L3: Size6 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+
AMD extensions to MMX+
Extensions to 3DNow!+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4A+
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+
RDTSCP+
SKINIT / STGI support+
SYSCALL/SYSRET+
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+
100MHz multiplier control+
128-bit SSE instructions+
36-bit page-size extensions+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+
Debugging extensions+
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)+
Physical address extensions+
SVM lock+
Software thermal control+
Support for NRIP save+
THERMTRIP+
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+
Time stamp counter+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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