AMD A6-3420M vs Intel Core i3-3240

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AMD A6-3420M advantages

  • The AMD A6-3420M includes more processing cores than the Intel Core i3-3240. Large number of cores helps this processor to handle multiple programs or threads at once.
  • The CPU has 3DNow! technology enabled. Even though the 3DNow! instructions may improve performance of some old games and software, they are now obsolete, and they are not used by modern applications.
  • The processor is 36% more energy efficient.

Intel Core i3-3240 advantages

  • The processor has higher operating frequency than the AMD A6-3420M microprocessor.
  • SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions are enabled on this processor.
  • The Intel Core i3-3240 incorporates AVX and F16C instructions, that appeared in modern microprocessors not too far ago. These extensions are not widely supported by programs yet, but their support should improve in future apps.

A6-3420M vs i3-3240 specifications comparison

The charts below compare the most important Intel Core i3-3240 and A6-3420M features. These characteristics, 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 for 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
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
 
3.4GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
 
 
4096KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
70
56
42
28
14
0
 
 
35W
 
55W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A6-3420M       - Intel Core i3-3240

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A6-3420M vs i3-3240 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-3420M Core i3-3240
General recommendations:
Comes with more CPU cores,
Lower power consumption
  General recommendations:
Operates at much higher base frequency,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C instructions

Drawbacks:

Runs at lower base frequency,
Does not support some instructions
 

Drawbacks:

Smaller number of CPU cores,
Requires significantly more power

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A6-3420M Core i3-3240
 

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Specifications

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 AMD A6-3420MIntel Core i3-3240
Market segmentMobileDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA6-Series for NotebooksCore i3
Basic details
Model numberA6-3420Mi3-3240
CPU part numberAM3420DDX43GXCM8063701137900
CM8063701247800
Box part number BX80637I33240
BXC80637I33240
Introduction dateDecember 31, 2011September 2, 2012
Current official price $117 (as of Mar 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameLlanoIvy Bridge
Platform nameSabine 
MicroarchitectureK10Ivy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0320.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FS1Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)15003400
Turbo Frequency (MHz)2400 
Clock Multiplier 34
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)4096512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)100 
TDP (Watt)3555
Core voltage (V)0.9125 - 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 6520GHD 2500
Base frequency (MHz)400650
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3L-1333DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
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