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AMD A6-3500 vs Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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AMD A6-3500 advantages



AMD A6-3500
  • Multi-threaded performance of the AMD A6-3500 is better.
  • The A6-3500 performs 22% faster in memory-intensive programs.
  • Like many modern CPUs, the AMD A6-3500 incorporates Graphics Processing Unit. This GPU can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.

AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) advantages



AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)
  • The CPU is 27% faster when running single-threaded tasks.
  • The official price of the Athlon II X2 260 is significantly lower than the price of the AMD A6-3500 processor.
  • The AMD Athlon II X2 260 has 20% better price/performance ratio.

A6-3500 vs 260 performance comparison

The charts illustrate performance of A6-3500 and Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) processors in several different kinds of tasks. To determine displayed numbers we averaged results for a few tests for each specific type of program. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be higher or lower than what you see in the charts here. The 'Overall performance' chart calculates an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each task type. The 'Price-performance ratio' chart displays how much more performance you will get per dollar spent. The cost of other system parts is not included in this ratio.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.27
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.07
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.22
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.03
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Price / performance ratio
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.2
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD A6-3500       - AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

Full list of benchmarks, that show performance difference between A6-3500 and AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) in various types of applications, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


A6-3500 vs 260 power consumption and price comparison

Thermal Design Power
80
64
48
32
16
0
 
 
65W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
Current official price
70
56
42
28
14
0
 
 
$59
 
$48
 
 
Lower is better

Detailed side by side comparison of A6-3500 vs Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both CPUs you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-3500 Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)
General recommendations:
Performs slightly better in all kinds of programs,
Has on-chip Radeon HD 6530D graphics
  General recommendations:
Faster in single-threaded applications,
Less expensive,
Somewhat better price / performance ratio

Drawbacks:

Not as fast in single-threaded applications,
More expensive,
Worse price / performance ratio
 

Drawbacks:

Performs insignificantly worse in all task types,
Comes without integrated GPU

Similar processors

A6-3500 Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)
 

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as A6-3500 and 260.


Where to buy


These microprocessors are obsolete. For that reason the best place to search for them is eBay. Marketplace sellers at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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More comparisons

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Note: To see differences with any CPU, type in any combination of the following into the "Any CPU" field: manufacturer name, full or partial family name, model number, part number, core name, socket name, operating frequency, bus speed (must have FSB suffix), and the last level cache. Here are some valid searches:

  i5-3570K
  Intel Celeron 2 GHz
  K10
  Pentium 4 800FSB
  AMD 3.3GHz 8MB

Specifications

Please visit AMD A6-3500 and AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A6-3500AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMD
FamilyA6-SeriesAthlon II X2
Basic details
Model numberA6-3500260
CPU part numberAD3500OJZ33GXADX260OCK23GM
Box part numberAD3500OJGXBOXADX260OCGMBOX
Introduction dateAugust 8, 2011May 10, 2010
Current official price$59 (as of Apr 2014)$48 (as of Apr 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameLlanoRegor
Platform nameLynx 
MicroarchitectureK10
Technology (micron)0.0320.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM1Socket AM2+ / Socket AM3
Frequency (MHz)21003200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)2400 
Bus speed (MHz) 2000 (HT/QPI)
Clock Multiplier 16
L1 cache192 KB (code) / 192 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)30722048
Max temperature (°C)70.974
TDP (Watt)65
Core voltage (V)0.45 - 1.41250.825 - 1.4
Cores32
Threads32
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 6530DNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR2, DDR3
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A6-3500" or "AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD A6-3500 and 260 (rev. C3) 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. ASUS F1A75-V PRO
2. ASROCK M3A780GXH/128M

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

VID - Video card(s):
1. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. INTEGRATED ON-CHIP ATI RADEON 6000-SERIES GRAPHICS
3. 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.


A6-3500 vs 260 (rev. C3) 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 A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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
92.7%112
83.1%223

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%223
75.0%111
74.7%112

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
76.3%112
76.3%111

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
78.8%111
78.2%112

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
78.3%112
78.3%111

    AMD A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
75.5%111
73.9%112

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%223
83.7%111
83.7%112

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
80.1%111
80.0%112


A6-3500 vs 260 (rev. C3) 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 A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
95.4%111
95.1%112

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%112
99.5%223

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.8%112
96.6%223

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%112
99.8%111
97.9%223

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%112
99.9%111
97.9%223

    AMD A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Runs Fibonacci, Napierian, Eratosthenes and QuickSort integer performance tests on all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
100%111
97.5%223

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Executes MikoFPU, RandMeanSS, FFT and Mandelbrot FPU-dependent tests using all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
100%112
95.1%223

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
100%111
80.9%223

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
100%111
97.0%223

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
99.5%111
92.5%223

    AMD A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%112
93.2%223

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
95.9%111
95.8%112

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
100%111
94.4%223

MySQL 5.0.27 - selecting data benchmark

Shows the number of SQL requests per second served by MySQL server v5.0.27, running on the same computer. This test does not scale beyond 6 CPU cores.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%112
96.9%223

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%112
99.9%111
95.5%223

    AMD A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%112
93.8%223

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
100%111
94.2%223

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%111
99.8%112
92.7%223

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%112
99.9%111
95.4%223

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
100%112
89.4%223

    AMD A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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
99.3%112
99.0%223


A6-3500 vs 260 (rev. C3) 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 A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

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
54.9%112
9.6%223

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
78.0%112
36.0%223

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
95.0%112
47.3%223


A6-3500 vs 260 (rev. C3) 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 A6-3500           AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%223
77.1%112
75.9%111

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Evaluates Read, Write, Read/Write and Cache memory bandwidth score. The final result is the sum of measured results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
99.8%111
84.7%223

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.0%112
94.7%223

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%112
98.8%111
81.2%223

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A6-3500 and AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMD
CPU FamilyA6-SeriesAthlon II X2
Model / Processor NumberA6-3500260
Frequency1835 MHz3192 MHz
CWID version0.4
Part numberAD3500OJZ33GXADX260OCK23GM
S-Spec / Stepping CodeDA 1133GPMNAEGC AE 1012BPMW
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMD
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A6-3500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD GraphicsAMD Athlon(tm) II X2 260 Processor
Cores32
Logical processors32
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingLN-B0DA-C3
CPUID signature300F10100F63
Family18 (012h)16 (010h)
Model 1 (01h) 6 (06h)
Stepping 0 (00h) 3 (03h)
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity2-way set associative
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1
L1 data: Size3 x 64 KB2 x 64 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1
L1 instruction: Size3 x 64 KB2 x 64 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1
L2: Size3 x 1 MB2 x 1 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+
AMD extensions to MMX+
Extensions to 3DNow!+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4A+
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+
RDTSCP+
SKINIT/STGI support+
SYSCALL/SYSRET+
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
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+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+
Debugging extensions+
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+
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)+
Physical address extensions+
SVM lock+
Software thermal control+
Support for NRIP save+
THERMTRIP+
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+
Time stamp counter+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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