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AMD A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Mini Review

AMD A8-6500 advantages



AMD A8-6500
  • In single-threaded applications, the CPU has 9% better performance. In some programs, it is up to 27% faster.
  • Multi-threaded performance of this processor is higher.
  • The AMD A8-6500 performs 46% better in memory-intensive tasks.
  • The microprocessor has SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions enabled.
  • The AMD A8-6500 features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions, that accelerate AES encryption. The technology is beneficial if you need to secure your disk or network data.
  • The CPU incorporates AVX, F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions. These extensions are not extensively used by applications yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • The A8-6500 microprocessor has FMA4 instruction set extension. The FMA4 technology is only offered on AMD processors, thus it may not get broad support from software vendors.
  • The CPU comes with integrated Radeon HD 8570D GPU. This graphics unit replaces low-end graphics card, and thus lowers the cost of the system.
  • Power consumption of the A8-6500 is lower.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 advantages



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A8-6500 vs Q6600 performance comparison

The charts in the table below demonstrate performance of A8-6500 and Core 2 Quad Q6600 microprocessors in various application types. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. Consequentally, performance in individual benchmarks may be better or worse than what you see in the charts below. We also averaged the results for task type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and displayed them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.09
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.08
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.46
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.21
 
1
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD A8-6500       - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for full list of benchmarks, demonstrating difference in performance between A8-6500 and Q6600 in various types of tests.


A8-6500 vs Q6600 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
65W
 
105W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Much more detailed comparison of internal features of both processors is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A8-6500 Core 2 Quad Q6600
General recommendations:
Faster in all kinds of tasks,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Integrates Radeon HD 8570D GPU,
Needs less power
  General recommendations:
None

Drawbacks:

None
 

Drawbacks:

Rather worse overall performance,
Lacks some instructions,
Does not have on-chip graphics,
Considerably higher power,
The socket is obsolete

Similar processors

A8-6500 Core 2 Quad Q6600
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as A8-6500 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600.

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More comparisons

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  AMD 3.3GHz 8MB

Specifications

Please visit AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A8-6500Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA8-SeriesCore 2 Quad
Basic details
Model numberA8-6500Q6600
CPU part numberAD6500OKA44HLHH80562PH0568M
Box part numberAD6500OKHLBOXBX80562Q6600
Introduction dateJune 4, 2013January 8, 2007
Current official price$97 (as of Apr 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameRichlandKentsfield
MicroarchitecturePiledriverCore
Technology (micron)0.0320.065
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM2Socket 775
Frequency (MHz)35002400
Turbo Frequency (MHz)4100 
Bus speed (MHz) 1066
Clock Multiplier 9
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)40968192
Max temperature (°C)71.360.3
TDP (Watt)65105
Max power dissipation (Watt) 155.25
Core voltage (V) 0.85 - 1.5
Cores4
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
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 8570DNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers10
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A8-6500" or "Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASROCK FM2A75 PRO4-M
2. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
3. INTEL DP965LT

RAM - Memory:
1. 4GB DUAL-CHANNEL CRUCIAL BALLISTIXPC3-14900 (DDR3-1866)
2. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
3. 2GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM2X1024-6400C4

VID - Video card(s):
1. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)

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.


A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 A8-6500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
68.9%222
61.2%332

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
78.6%222
78.5%332

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
84.3%222
83.8%332

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
99.6%332
90.3%111


A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 A8-6500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%332
99.9%222
99.1%111

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%332
99.9%222
99.0%111

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
84.3%222
83.0%332

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
99.9%332
77.0%111

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
99.7%332
98.2%111

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.2%222
99.1%332

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
99.5%332
67.0%111

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%332
99.8%222
98.8%111

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
94.9%222
94.9%332


A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 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.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.
     

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
9.1%222
9.1%332

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
28.3%222
28.2%332

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
31.3%332
30.9%222


A8-6500 vs Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 A8-6500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
84.9%222
84.4%332

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
86.2%222
86.0%332

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
69.0%222
68.3%332

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 FamilyA8-SeriesCore 2 Quad
Model / Processor NumberA8-65002.40 GHz
Frequency3493 MHz2397 MHz
CWID version0.50.3
Part numberAD6500OKA44HLHH80562PH0568M
S-Spec / Stepping CodeGA 1310PNYSL9UM
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A8-6500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz
Cores4
Compute units2 
Logical processors4
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingRL-A1 
CPUID signature610F316F7
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model19 (013h)15 (0Fh)
Stepping 1 (01h) 7 (07h)
SocketFM2 
TLB/Cache details 3rd-level cache: 4-MB, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size (Intel Xeon processor MP, Family 0Fh, Model 06h), 2nd-level cache: 4-MB, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 256 entries
Data TLB: 4-MB Pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB pages, 4-way, 8 entries or 4M pages, 4-way, 4 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 128 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity4-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: CommentsDirect-mapped 
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Size4 x 16 KB32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: CommentsDirect-mapped|1 cache per 2 cores 
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Size2 x 64 KB32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative
L2: CommentsNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped|1 cache per 2 cores 
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Size2 x 2 MB4 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-+
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+-
FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations+-
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+
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+
Translation Cache Extension+-
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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