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

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2665 user samples
299 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% Base clock 3.35 GHz
Worst Bench: 11% Base clock 2.35 GHz
Worst: 11% Best: 39%
SPEED RANK: 642nd / 837
Desktop 26%
Gaming 20%
Workstation 10%
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2366 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% Base clock 5 GHz
Worst Bench: 20% Base clock 3.5 GHz
Worst: 20% Best: 75%
SPEED RANK: 218th / 837
Desktop 57%
Gaming 56%
Workstation 36%
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Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
26.4 % -116% 56.8 % Hugely faster effective speed.
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
37 Pts -94% 71.8 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
71.4 Pts -254% 253 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
73.3 Pts -382% 353 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
47.5 Pts -76% 83.5 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
90.1 Pts -241% 307 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
94.7 Pts -358% 434 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
Value For Money
30 % -116% 64.7 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
49 % -55% 76 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$100 0% $100 0%
94 Months -65% 33 Months Much more recent.
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.
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
68.7 Pts -30% 89.5 Pts Much faster single-core int speed.
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
35.1 Pts -123% 78.2 Pts Hugely faster single-core fp speed.
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
132 Pts -138% 314 Pts Hugely faster quad-core int speed.
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
69.5 Pts -312% 286 Pts Hugely faster quad-core fp speed.
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
132 Pts -221% 424 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
70.7 Pts -474% 406 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp 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 normally a major problem for server workloads, is always very relevant to desktop users. 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. But typical desktop users will find far better value elsewhere[Sep '13 CPUPro]


Processor User Rankings (Charts) July 2015 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]

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