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AMD A8-5550M vs Intel Core i3-3227U

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AMD A8-5550M advantages

  • More CPU cores on the AMD A8-5550M help to tackle multiple simultaneous applications or threads.
  • The processor has higher operating frequency than the Core i3-3227U.
  • This microprocessor incorporates Advanced Encryption Standard technology, that provides AES encryption acceleration. The instructions are beneficial if you need to protect your disk or network data.
  • The processor features FMA3 and XOP instructions. These extensions are not widely used by programs yet, but their support should improve in future apps.
  • The A8-5550M has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. Only AMD microprocessors offer this technology, thus not many software vendors may support it in the future.
  • The CPU utilizes Socket FS1 (FS1r2). The microprocessor can be removed from the socket with ease for upgrade or replacement.

Intel Core i3-3227U advantages

  • The processor is 51% more energy efficient.

A8-5550M vs i3-3227U specifications comparison

The charts below demonstrate the difference between Core i3-3227U and A8-5550M most important characteristics. These features, together 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 additional threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra 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
 
 
3.1GHz
 
1.9GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
 
 
4096KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
17W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A8-5550M       - Intel Core i3-3227U

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A8-5550M vs Intel Core i3-3227U specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A8-5550M Core i3-3227U
General recommendations:
Comes with more CPU cores,
Higher base frequency,
Supports FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Can be upgraded
  General recommendations:
Significantly lower power

Drawbacks:

Requires much more power
 

Drawbacks:

Smaller number of CPU cores,
Has lower base frequency,
Does not support some instructions,
Not upgreadable or replaceable

Similar processors

A8-5550M Core i3-3227U
   

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A8-5550M and Intel Core i3-3227U, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A8-5550M and Intel Core i3-3227U pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A8-5550MIntel Core i3-3227U
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA8-Series for NotebooksCore i3 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberA8-5550Mi3-3227U
CPU part numberAM5550DEC44HLAV8063801119500
Introduction dateMarch 12, 2013January 20, 2013
 
CPU features
Core nameRichlandIvy Bridge
Platform nameComal 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0320.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FS1 (FS1r2)BGA1023
Frequency (MHz)21001900
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3100 
Clock Multiplier 19
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)4096512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)105
TDP (Watt)3517
Cores42
Threads4
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 8550GHD 4000
Base frequency (MHz)515350
Maximum frequency (MHz)7201100
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600, DDR3U-1333DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.6
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For detailed specifications of "AMD A8-5550M" or "Intel Core i3-3227U" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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