But let's not get sidetracked by amusing balls of string. Is it better to get a dual core CPU, a triple-core
CPU or a quad-core CPU? Enter the AMD Athlon II X3 435 processor, the focus of this PCSTATS Processor review. It's a 2.9GHz triple-core socket AM3 CPU built on AMD's "Propus" architecture. The Athlon II X3 435 is architecturally related to the AMD Athlon II X4 620 processor, which means it's also manufactured with AMD's 45nm SOI production process. Thermal design power sits at a very reasonable 95W. Beyond that, the Athlon II X3 435 is built without L3 cache so there is a performance hit in that respect. Fortunately the Athlon II X3 435 still has 512KB of speedy L2 cache per core, for a total of 1.5MB.