AMD A10-4600M vs Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

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AMD A10-4600M advantages



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  • This processor is 37% faster when running graphics tasks.
  • The AMD A10-4600M supports FMA3 and XOP instructions, introduced in the recent past. While these extensions are not extensively supported by applications yet, their support should improve in future programs.
  • The A10-4600M features FMA4 instruction set extension. Only AMD CPUs have this technology, therefore not many software vendors may support it in the future.

Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA) advantages



Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)
  • In single-threaded programs, the Core i5-3230M has 86% higher performance.
  • The microprocessor is 48% faster in multi-threaded applications.
  • Memory performance of the CPU is better.

A10-4600M vs i5-3230M performance comparison

The charts demonstrate performance of A10-4600M and Core i5-3230M (PGA) processors in several different kinds of tasks. The results in the charts are based on a few benchmarks, that you can view in the "Benchmarks" tab. Consequentally, performance in individual benchmarks may be lower or higher than what you see in the charts below. We also averaged the numbers for application type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
1.86
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.48
 
 
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
 
 
1.37
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.24
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD A10-4600M       - Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

Complete list of benchmarks, that show difference in performance between AMD A10-4600M and Core i5-3230M (PGA) in various types of applications, can be found in the "Benchmarks" tab.


A10-4600M vs i5-3230M power consumption comparison

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

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A10-4600M vs Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both CPUs is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A10-4600M Core i5-3230M (PGA)
General recommendations:
Performs better in graphics applications,
Supports FMA3 / XOP instructions
  General recommendations:
Somewhat faster in all program types

Drawbacks:

Worse performance
 

Drawbacks:

Worse performance in games and graphics programs,
Does not support some instructions

Similar processors

A10-4600M Core i5-3230M (PGA)
   

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A10-4600M and Intel i5-3230M.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A10-4600M and Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A10-4600MIntel Core i5-3230M (PGA)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA10-Series for NotebooksCore i5 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberA10-4600Mi5-3230M
CPU part numberAM4600DEC44HJAW8063801208001
Introduction dateMay 15, 2012January 20, 2013
 
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)23002600
Turbo Frequency (MHz)32003200 / 3000
Clock Multiplier 26
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)4096512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)100105
TDP (Watt)35
Core voltage (V)0.8125 - 1.3 
Cores42
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
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7660GHD 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
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A10-4600M" or "Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a complete set of AMD A10-4600M and i5-3230M (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.


A10-4600M vs i5-3230M (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 A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (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%
87.1%

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%
47.1%

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%
61.2%

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%
63.8%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
52.4%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
55.4%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
34.3%

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%
64.3%


A10-4600M vs i5-3230M (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 A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (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%
79.1%

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%
52.0%

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%
51.9%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
68.9%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
61.1%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
61.1%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

100%
69.3%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

100%
59.3%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
57.9%

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%
71.1%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
71.8%

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%
73.7%

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%
71.7%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
60.4%

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%
74.6%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
65.8%

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
83.3%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
68.8%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
60.2%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
91.1%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (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%
43.0%

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%
50.2%

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%
75.0%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
60.6%


A10-4600M vs i5-3230M (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 A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (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%
67.1%

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%
77.5%

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%
95.7%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
70.3%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
75.8%


A10-4600M vs i5-3230M (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 A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
79.5%

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
77.8%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

100%
48.9%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
53.5%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
47.7%

    AMD A10-4600M           Intel Core i5-3230M (PGA)

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
68.5%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A10-4600M and Intel Core i5-3230M (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 FamilyA10-Series for NotebooksCore i5 Mobile
Model / Processor NumberA10-4600Mi5-3230M
Frequency2295 MHz2594 MHz
CWID version0.5
Part numberAM4600DEC44HJAW8063801208001
S-Spec / Stepping CodeGA 1237PNTSR0WY
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A10-4600M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz
Cores42
Compute units2 
Logical processors4
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: Size4 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: Size2 x 64 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: Size2 x 2 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-+
RDRAND-+
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 Boost-+
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-+
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-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
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