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AMD A6-4400M vs Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

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AMD A6-4400M advantages

  • In games and graphics programs, this processor has 20% better performance.
  • The AMD A6-4400M includes Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions. This extension provides hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and is useful if you run applications, that protect your disk or network data.
  • The microprocessor has FMA3 and XOP instructions enabled. While these extensions are not extensively used in programs yet, their support should improve in future apps.
  • The AMD A6-4400M incorporates FMA4 instruction set extension. Only AMD microprocessors have this technology, therefore it may not get broad support from software vendors.

Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) advantages

  • Single-threaded performance of the Intel Core i3-3120M processor is higher.
  • In multi-threaded applications, the Core i3-3120M is 102% faster.
  • Memory performance of the microprocessor is better.

A6-4400M vs i3-3120M performance comparison

The charts below show relative performance of A6-4400M and Core i3-3120M (PGA) processors in a few different types of tasks. To determine displayed numbers we averaged results for several tests for each specific type of program. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be lower or higher than what you see in the charts on this page. The 'Overall performance' shows an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each application type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.29
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.02
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.64
 
 
Higher is better
Integrated Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.2
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.28
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD A6-4400M       - Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for complete list of benchmarks, showing performance difference between AMD A6-4400M and i3-3120M in various types of applications.


A6-4400M vs i3-3120M power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of A6-4400M vs Core i3-3120M (PGA) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both CPUs is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-4400M Core i3-3120M (PGA)
General recommendations:
Performs faster in graphics tasks,
Features FMA3 / XOP instructions
  General recommendations:
Performs somewhat faster in all kinds of tasks

Drawbacks:

Rather slow
 

Drawbacks:

Somewhat slow in graphics programs,
Does not support some instructions

Similar processors

A6-4400M Core i3-3120M (PGA)
   

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A6-4400M and Intel i3-3120M, but their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A6-4400M and Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A6-4400MIntel Core i3-3120M (PGA)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA6-Series for NotebooksCore i3 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberA6-4400Mi3-3120M
CPU part numberAM4400DEC23HJAW8063801111700
Introduction dateMay 15, 2012September 30, 2012
 
CPU features
Core nameTrinityIvy Bridge
Platform nameComal 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0320.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FS1 (FS1r2)Socket G2
Frequency (MHz)27002500
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3200 
Clock Multiplier 25
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 32 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)10090
TDP (Watt)35
Core voltage (V)0.8125 - 1.325 
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+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7520GHD 4000
Base frequency (MHz)496650
Maximum frequency (MHz)6851100
 
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
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A6-4400M" or "Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a complete set of AMD A6-4400M and i3-3120M (PGA) benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on Jetway NF83 motherboard with 16GB dual-channel Corsair Vengeance CMSX16GX3M2A1866C10 (DDR3-1866) memory, and Integrated on-chip ATI Radeon 6000-series graphics. The latter processor was tested on Jetway NF9G motherboard, that had 16GB dual-channel Corsair Vengeance CMSX16GX3M2A1866C10 (DDR3-1866) memory, and Integrated on-chip Intel Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge graphics.

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.


A6-4400M vs i3-3120M (PGA) 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 A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

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%
73.3%

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%
68.2%

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%
89.1%

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%
90.6%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
78.3%

    AMD A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
82.7%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
49.1%

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%
90.5%


A6-4400M vs i3-3120M (PGA) 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 A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

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%
60.8%

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%
54.4%

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%
43.6%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
46.8%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
44.6%

    AMD A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
44.6%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Runs Fibonacci, Napierian, Eratosthenes and QuickSort integer performance tests on all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
48.4%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Executes MikoFPU, RandMeanSS, FFT and Mandelbrot FPU-dependent tests using all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
42.3%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
39.2%

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%
49.9%

    AMD A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
49.7%

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%
51.2%

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%
58.7%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
41.8%

MySQL 5.0.96 - selecting data benchmark

Shows sustained number of SQL requests per second served by local instance of MySQL server v5.0.96. This test scales well with the number of CPU cores.
100%
55.2%

    AMD A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
72.3%

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
82.7%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
49.5%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
41.7%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
72.2%

    AMD A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

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%
29.5%

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%
35.1%

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%
51.8%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
41.5%


A6-4400M vs i3-3120M (PGA) 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 A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

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%
77.3%

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%
86.7%

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%
76.5%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
60.7%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
86.6%


A6-4400M vs i3-3120M (PGA) 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 A6-4400M           Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA)

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
96.5%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Evaluates Read, Write, Read/Write and Cache memory bandwidth score. The final result is the sum of measured results.
100%
38.3%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
72.5%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
48.3%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
49.3%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A6-4400M and Intel Core i3-3120M (PGA) 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-Series for NotebooksCore i3 Mobile
Model / Processor NumberA6-4400Mi3-3120M
Frequency2695 MHz2494 MHz
CWID version0.5
Part numberAM4400DEC23HJAW8063801111700
S-Spec / Stepping CodeGA 1237PNNSR0TX
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A6-4400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz
Cores2
Compute units1 
Logical processors24
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingTN-A1 
CPUID signature610F01306A9
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model16 (010h)58 (03Ah)
Stepping 1 (01h) 9 (09h)
SocketAM3+ 
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+
Enhanced REP MOVSB/STOSB-+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RD/WR FSGSBASE instructions-+
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+-
Extended xAPIC support-+
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+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Supervisor Mode Execution Protection-+
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-+
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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