AMD A6-5400K vs Intel Core i3-2120

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AMD A6-5400K advantages



AMD A6-5400K
  • In graphics programs and games, the AMD A6-5400K is about 150% faster.
  • The processor incorporates Advanced Encryption Standard technology, that accelerates AES encryption. The technology is useful if you need to protect your disk or network data.
  • F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions are enabled on this CPU. Even though these extensions are not extensively used in applications yet, their support should improve in future programs.
  • The A6-5400K processor has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. The FMA4 technology is only available on AMD CPUs, therefore not many software vendors may support it in the future.
  • The clock multiplier on the A6-5400K is not locked. The microprocessor can be freely overclocked on most motherboards to get better performance.

Intel Core i3-2120 advantages



Intel Core i3-2120
  • In single-threaded tasks, the Intel Core i3-2120 is 31% faster.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the Core i3-2120 is higher.
  • In memory-intensive programs, the Intel i3-2120 is 67% faster.

A6-5400K vs i3-2120 performance comparison

The charts below demonstrate performance of A6-5400K and Core i3-2120 microprocessors in different types of programs. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance', 'Multi-threaded performance' and 'Integrated Graphics performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can view in the "Benchmarks" tab. As such, the shown results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests. We also averaged the numbers for application type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.31
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
1.94
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.67
 
 
Higher is better
Integrated Graphics performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
2.5
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.08
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD A6-5400K       - Intel Core i3-2120

Full list of benchmarks, that show performance difference between A6-5400K and i3-2120 in various types of applications, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


A6-5400K vs i3-2120 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
80
64
48
32
16
0
 
 
65W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A6-5400K vs i3-2120 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. More detailed comparison of internal features of both processors you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-5400K Core i3-2120
General recommendations:
Slightly faster overall,
Performs significantly better in graphics applications,
Features F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Can be easily overclocked
  General recommendations:
Performs better in single- and multi-threaded tasks

Drawbacks:

None
 

Drawbacks:

A bit lower performance in all kinds of programs,
Slow in graphics tasks,
Does not support some instructions

Similar processors

A6-5400K Core i3-2120
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as A6-5400K and Core i3-2120.

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More comparisons

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  AMD 3.3GHz 8MB

Specifications

Please visit AMD A6-5400K and Intel Core i3-2120 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A6-5400KIntel Core i3-2120
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA6-SeriesCore i3
Basic details
Model numberA6-5400Ki3-2120
CPU part numberAD540KOKA23HJCM8062301044204
Box part numberAD540KOKHJBOXBX80623I32120
BXC80623I32120
Introduction dateAugust 31, 2012February 20, 2011
Current official price$57 (as of Jan 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameTrinitySandy Bridge
Platform nameVirgo 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM2Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)36003300
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3800 
Clock Multiplier 33
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 32 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)7069.1
TDP (Watt)65
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.475 
Cores2
Threads24
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+-
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7540DHD 2000
Base frequency (MHz)760850
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A6-5400K" or "Intel Core i3-2120" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a partial set of AMD A6-5400K and Intel Core i3-2120 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M motherboard with 4GB dual-channel Crucial BallistixPC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory, and Integrated on-chip ATI Radeon 7000-series graphics. The latter processor was tested on ASUS P8H61-M motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory, and Integrated on-chip Intel Sandy Bridge graphics. For different system configurations please see tests of A6-5400K and Intel Core i3-2120 CPUs in our benchmark database.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


A6-5400K vs Intel Core i3-2120 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
100%
65.3%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
66.4%

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
100%
85.9%

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
100%
91.9%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
73.4%

    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
78.1%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
46.3%

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
92.5%


A6-5400K vs Intel Core i3-2120 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

3DMark06 CPU score benchmark

Estimates processor performance based on how fast it runs such CPU-intensive code as game logic, physics and pathfinding AI. The test requires DirectX 9.0.
100%
63.2%

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
65.6%

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
39.3%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
49.4%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
47.2%

    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
47.3%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

100%
52.5%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

100%
44.4%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
47.0%

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
100%
52.0%

    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
51.1%

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
54.6%

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
61.2%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
43.3%

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
73.3%

    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
99.2%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
46.5%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
43.4%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
73.4%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
27.7%

    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
35.8%

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
55.6%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
42.9%


A6-5400K vs Intel Core i3-2120 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
100%
35.9%

3DMark06 3DMark score benchmark

Measures 3D graphics and game performance of CPU/GPU combination by running 4 game simulations, that make extensive use of DirectX 9.0/9.0C capabilities.
100%
44.3%

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
53.3%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
29.2%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
40.7%


A6-5400K vs Intel Core i3-2120 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD A6-5400K           Intel Core i3-2120

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
89.8%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

100%
57.6%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
60.6%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
51.6%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
58.9%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A6-5400K and Intel Core i3-2120 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyA6-SeriesCore i3
Model / Processor NumberA6-5400Ki3-2120
Frequency3593 MHz3310 MHz
CWID version0.4
Part numberAD540KOKA23HJCM8062301044204
S-Spec / Stepping CodeGA 1237SUTSR05Y
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A6-5400K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Processor name (CWID)AMD Turion(tm) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile ZM-00 
Cores2
Compute units1 
Logical processors24
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingTN-A1 
CPUID signature610F01206A7
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model16 (010h)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 1 (01h) 7 (07h)
SocketFM2 
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity4-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size2 x 16 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments1 cache per 2 coresDirect-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments1 cache per 2 coresNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size1 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AES+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
AVX+
BMI1+-
F16C+-
FMA+-
FMA4+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3+
TBM+-
XOP+-
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT / STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE / XRESTORE states+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
Turbo Core+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF / SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Lightweight profiling support+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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