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AMD A6-3600 vs Intel Core i3-3210

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AMD A6-3600 advantages

  • The A6-3600 packs more processing cores than the Intel Core i3-3210 CPU. Large number of cores helps this microprocessor to handle many tasks or threads at once.
  • The processor has 3DNow! instructions enabled. This technology can increase performance of certain old games and software. The 3DNow! set was depreciated, and not utilized by modern applications.

Intel Core i3-3210 advantages

  • In single-threaded tasks, the Intel Core i3-3210 processor is expected to have 128% better performance.
  • Based on our estimates, multi-threaded performance of the Intel Core i3-3210 is higher.
  • The CPU incorporates SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.
  • The i3-3210 microprocessor features AVX and F16C instructions. Even though these extensions are not extensively used in programs yet, their support should improve in future applications.
  • Power consumption of the Intel i3-3210 is lower.

A6-3600 vs i3-3210 estimated performance

The charts in the section below demonstrate performance of A6-3600 and Core i3-3210 CPUs. Performance numbers for Core i3-3210 were determined based on a variety of tests. Results for A6-3600 were estimated from benchmark results of other processors with identical core and microarchitecture. As a note, the estimate has greater error of margin than results obtained using real-world benchmarks. Additionally, this is an averaged performance, and the shown results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests.
Single-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.28
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.29
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD A6-3600       - Intel Core i3-3210

A6-3600 vs i3-3210 specifications comparison

The graphs below show the difference between A6-3600 and Core i3-3210 most important characteristics. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4
 
4
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
2.4GHz
 
3.2GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
 
 
4096KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
80
64
48
32
16
0
 
 
65W
 
55W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A6-3600       - Intel Core i3-3210

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A6-3600 vs Core i3-3210 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-3600 Core i3-3210
General recommendations:
Comes with more CPU cores
  General recommendations:
Somewhat faster in single- and multi-threaded tasks,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C instructions,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Lacks some instructions,
Somewhat higher power,
The socket is obsolete
 

Drawbacks:

Has fewer CPU cores

Similar processors

A6-3600 Core i3-3210
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as A6-3600 and Intel Core i3-3210, but their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A6-3600 and Intel Core i3-3210 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A6-3600Intel Core i3-3210
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA6-SeriesCore i3
Basic details
Model numberA6-3600i3-3210
CPU part numberAD3600OJZ43GXCM8063701392300
Box part numberAD3600OJGXBOXBX80637I33210
BXC80637I33210
Introduction dateAugust 8, 2011January 20, 2013
Current official price$77 (as of Apr 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameLlanoIvy Bridge
Platform nameLynx 
MicroarchitectureK10Ivy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0320.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM1Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)21003200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)2400 
Clock Multiplier 32
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)4096512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)70.565.3
TDP (Watt)6555
Core voltage (V)0.45 - 1.4125 
Cores42
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions-+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 6530DHD 2500
Base frequency (MHz)443650
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)29.925.6
Notes:

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