2 Cores, 2 Threads
@2.33GHz Core (2006)

6 Cores, 6 Threads
@3.5GHz Piledriver (2012)

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 294 user samples
49 User Benchmarks:
Best Score: 47% Base clock 3.325 GHz
Worst Score: 24% Base clock 2.333 GHz
Worst: 24% Best: 47%
SPEED RANK: 470th / 655
245 User Benchmarks:
Best Score: 93% Base clock 5 GHz
Worst Score: 36% Base clock 3.492 GHz
Worst: 36% Best: 93%
SPEED RANK: 136th / 655
SC Mixed?
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
39 Pts -85% 72 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
DC Mixed?
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
74.2 Pts -87% 139 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
MC Mixed?
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
77.1 Pts -358% 353 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
SC Mixed?
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
54.3 Pts -55% 84.4 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
DC Mixed?
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
108 Pts -54% 166 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
MC Mixed?
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
110 Pts -296% 436 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
Value For Money
27.8 % -125% 62.5 % Hugely better value.
User Rating?
UBM User Rating
54 % -15% 62 % Slightly more popular.
Price (score)
$170 -30% $119 Cheaper.
Effective Speed?
Effective CPU Speed
34.6 Pts -100% 69.2 Pts Hugely faster effective speed.
82 Months -74% 21 Months Much more recent.
PassMark Score
1,453 Pts -341% 6,403 Pts Hugely stronger multi-threading.
PassMark ST?
Passmark Single Thread Score
881 Pts -62% 1,427 Pts Much stronger single-threading.
Geek Bench?
Geekbench Score
2,255 Pts -307% 9,180 Pts Hugely better geekbench.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
95 Watts -32%
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores -200% 6 cores Hugely higher core count.
CPU Processing Threads
2 threads -200% 6 threads Hugely higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
65 nm -51% 32 nm Much newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.33 GHz -50% 3.5 GHz Much faster base frequency.
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
2.33 GHz -76% 4.1 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
Geek Bench SC?
Geekbench Single Core Score
1,366 Pts -66% 2,268 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
CPU Architecture
Core (2006) Piledriver (2012)
Motherboard Socket
LGA775 AM3+
Integrated Graphics
None None

The Intel Core2 Duo E6550 is nearly six years old, the equivalent of around 3 processor lifetimes. This great grand daddy of a processor has been included in the group test as a reference. Intel's Core2 Duo range were hugely successful processors and shipped in over 20 different flavours. In terms of real world performance, with a Passmark-S score of 712 points, the E6550 is less than half as fast as the top of the range i7-3770K Ivy Bridge processor. In recent years emphasis has shifted towards server orientated workloads and on that front the i7-3770K offers over six times more processing throughput. [Feb '12 CPUPro]


The FX 6-Core, like most CPUs from AMD, delivers reasonably good server orientated multi threaded performance and consequently good processing thoughput at a reasonable price tag. Where the FX 6-Core lacks is in the area of single core performance which although not a problem for server workloads is very relevant to typical desktop usage. The overall performance of the FX 6-Core is comparable to Intel's five years younger Core i7-950. There are server orientated use cases where the FX 6-Core will excel thanks to its excellent overall throughput and in those instances the FX 6-Core represents good value for money. Typical desktop users will, however, find better value elsewhere. [Sep '13 CPUPro]


Processor User Rankings Chart

July 2014 CPU Rankings

Welcome to our desktop CPU comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance under typical consumer load. Effective speed is adjusted by price to yield a value for money rating. Calculated values don't always paint the whole picture so we check them against hundreds of individual user ratings. Vote to share your opinion. [CPUPro]

Group Test Results

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