AMD A10-5700 vs Intel Core i7-980

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AMD A10-5700 advantages



AMD A10-5700
  • Operating frequency of this processor is higher than the frequency of the i7-980.
  • The A10-5700 microprocessor has AVX, F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions enabled. While these extensions are not widely used in applications yet, their support should improve in future programs.
  • The processor has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. Only AMD processors offer this technology, for that reason it probably will not get broad support from software vendors.
  • Besides 4 CPU cores, the processor includes Radeon HD 7660D graphics unit. This GPU is not powerful enough to play latest games with all settings on, however it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Power consumption of the AMD A10-5700 is lower.
  • The Socket FM2, used by the A10-5700, is still actively supported by AMD. The company has plans to launch new products for the socket in the future.

Intel Core i7-980 advantages



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  • The Core i7-980 incorporates more processing cores than the A10-5700 processor. Large number of cores helps this microprocessor to handle multiple processes or heavily multi-threaded applications.
  • The processor integrates Hyper-Threading feature, which allows each CPU core to run two threads at once.

A10-5700 vs i7-980 specifications comparison

The charts below compare the most important Core i7-980 and A10-5700 characteristics. These features, along with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a processor 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, offered 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. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
4
 
12
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4GHz
 
3.6GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
4MB
 
13.5MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
65W
 
130W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A10-5700       - Intel Core i7-980

Detailed side by side comparison of A10-5700 vs Intel i7-980 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A10-5700 Core i7-980
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Features AVX / F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Comes with Radeon HD 7660D graphics,
Needs less power,
Non-obsolete socket
  General recommendations:
More cores for better multi-threading performance,
Can execute many more threads at once

Drawbacks:

Has fewer CPU cores,
Cannot execute as many threads at once
 

Drawbacks:

Operates at lower frequency,
Lacks some instructions,
No integrated GPU,
Considerably higher power consumption,
The socket is obsolete

Similar processors

A10-5700 Core i7-980
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A10-5700 and i7-980, but their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A10-5700 and Intel Core i7-980 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A10-5700Intel Core i7-980
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA10-SeriesCore i7
Basic details
Model numberA10-5700i7-980
CPU part numberAD5700OKA44HJAT80613006756AA
Box part numberAD5700OKHJBOXBX80613I7980
Introduction dateJuly 31, 2012June 26, 2011
Current official price$122 (as of Jan 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameTrinityGulftown
Platform nameVirgo2010 HEDT
MicroarchitecturePiledriverNehalem
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM2Socket 1366
Frequency (MHz)34003333
Turbo Frequency (MHz)40003600
Bus speed (MHz) 2400 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier 25
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)192 KB (code) / 192 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)40961536
L3 cache (KB) 12288
Max temperature (°C)71.368.8
TDP (Watt)65130
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.4750.8 - 1.3
Cores46
Threads412
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
BMI1 / Bit Manipulation+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
FMA4 / 4-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
XOP / eXtended Operations+-
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7660DNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels23
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1066
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