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
Higher is better
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
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|
Comes with more CPU cores,
Lower power consumption
Operates at much higher base frequency,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C instructions
Runs at lower base frequency,
Does not support some instructions
Smaller number of CPU cores,
Requires significantly more power
Similar CPUs are based on the same core and fit the same socket as AMD A6-3420M and Intel i3-3240.
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| ||AMD A6-3420M||Intel Core i3-3240|
|Family||A6-Series for Notebooks||Core i3|
|CPU part number||AM3420DDX43GX||CM8063701137900|
|Box part number|| ||BX80637I33240|
|Introduction date||December 31, 2011||September 2, 2012|
|Current official price|| ||$117 (as of Jun 2013)|
|Core name||Llano||Ivy Bridge|
|Platform name||Sabine|| |
|Data width (bits)||64|
|Socket||Socket FS1||Socket 1155|
|Turbo Frequency (MHz)||2400|| |
|Clock Multiplier|| ||34|
|L1 cache||256 KB (code) / 256 KB (data)||64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)|
|L2 cache (KB)||4096||512|
|L3 cache (KB)|| ||3072|
|Max temperature (°C)||100|| |
|Core voltage (V)||0.9125 - 1.4125|| |
|Instruction set extensions|
|AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology||+|
|AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions||-||+|
|F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion||-||+|
|SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3||-||+|
|PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep||-||+|
|Turbo Core / Turbo Boost||+||-|
|Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit||+|
|GPU Type||Radeon HD 6520G||HD 2500|
|Base frequency (MHz)||400||650|
|Integrated Memory Controller(s)|
|The number of controllers||1|
|Supported memory||DDR3-1333, LV DDR3-1333||DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600|
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