AMD's Athlon and Turion series of processors have grown very popular in the recent past. Both Athlon and Turion are a series or category of processors. When comparing processors, it is more relevant to compare specific processors rather than processor families. For example, see Comparison of AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-core TK-57 with AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-core Mobile TL-60. Other processors can be compared at the Compare Processors page on Diffen.

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AMD Athlon versus AMD Turion comparison chart
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L2 Cache size 256KB per core 512KB per core
Power consumption High-upto 65W Low- ML model upto 35W,MT model upto 25W
Technology Cool’n’Quiet, Enhanced Virus Protection PowerNow!,Enhanced Virus Protection
Processor Sold by “performance rating” (PR) figure “model number” figure
RAM capacity Upto 1TB Upto 1TB
Cost Lower than Turion Higher than Athlon
MMX Support Yes Yes
SSE, SSE2, SSE3 instructions Yes-SS3 only in “Venice” and “San Diego” core Yes
3Dnow! Support Yes Yes
Usage Mainly Desktops, TK-53 dual-core processor in notebooks(HP dv9408,HP dv6402) Notebooks (Mobile environment like WiFi,Power Management)
Performance Lower as compared to Turion Higher as compared to Athlon
L1 Memory Cache 64 KB instruction,64 KB data 64 KB instruction,64 KB data
Battery Life Lower Higher
Machine Life Lower Higher
System Bus 2000mhz 1600mhz

Athlon vs Turion power consumption

Turion 64 has a lower power consumption than Athlon 64. The Athlon processor family was originally designed for desktops and Turion for laptops, which is why the Turion family is more energy efficient. However, both families were later used for both desktops and laptops.

Price comparison

Prices for Athlon vs Turion processors vary based on the specifications,like processor family, CPU speed etc. Prices for a few AMD processors are available on

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