AMD A10-4600M vs Intel Core i7-3520M (PGA)

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AMD A10-4600M advantages

  • The AMD A10-4600M includes more CPU cores than the Intel Core i7-3520M. Large number of cores helps this microprocessor to tackle multiple simultaneous processes or threads.
  • The processor has FMA3 and XOP instructions enabled. These extensions are not extensively supported by programs yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • The CPU supports FMA4 instruction set extension. The FMA4 technology is only available on AMD processors, for that reason it may not get broad support from software vendors.

Intel Core i7-3520M (PGA) advantages

  • Operating frequency of the microprocessor is higher than the frequency of the AMD A10-4600M.

A10-4600M vs i7-3520M specifications comparison

The charts below compare the most important characteristics of the Intel i7-3520M and A10-4600M CPUs. These features, 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 represents the number of additional threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra 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
 
 
3.2GHz
 
3.6GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
6000
4800
3600
2400
1200
0
 
 
4096KB
 
4608KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A10-4600M       - Intel Core i7-3520M (PGA)

Detailed side by side comparison of A10-4600M vs Core i7-3520M (PGA) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A10-4600M Core i7-3520M (PGA)
General recommendations:
Comes with more CPU cores,
Features FMA3 / XOP instructions
  General recommendations:
Clocked higher

Drawbacks:

Operating frequency is lower
 

Drawbacks:

Not as many CPU cores,
Does not support some instructions

Similar processors

A10-4600M Core i7-3520M (PGA)
   

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as A10-4600M and i7-3520M.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A10-4600M and Intel Core i7-3520M (PGA) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A10-4600MIntel Core i7-3520M (PGA)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA10-Series for NotebooksCore i7 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberA10-4600Mi7-3520M
CPU part numberAM4600DEC44HJAW8063801028703
Introduction dateMay 15, 2012June 3, 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)23002900
Turbo Frequency (MHz)32003600 / 3400
Clock Multiplier 29
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)4096512
L3 cache (KB) 4096
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+
Trusted Execution-+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 7660GHD 4000
Base frequency (MHz)496650
Maximum frequency (MHz)6851250
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600, DDR3U-1333DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333
Notes:

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For detailed specifications of "AMD A10-4600M" or "Intel Core i7-3520M (PGA)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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