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AMD A6-3400M vs Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988)

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AMD A6-3400M advantages



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  • The A6-3400M packs more CPU cores than the Core i5-460M. Large number of cores helps this microprocessor to process multiple processes or threads at once.
  • The A6-3400M processor has 3DNow! instructions enabled. The 3DNow! instruction set allows the CPU to execute certain floating-point operations faster, and thus increase performance in games and software, that support the instructions. This technology is obsolete now, and only some old games and software used them.

Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988) advantages



Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988)
  • The microprocessor offers higher operating frequency than the AMD A6-3400M.
  • The Intel Core i5-460M incorporates SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.

A6-3400M vs i5-460M specifications comparison

The graphs below demonstrate the difference between i5-460M and AMD A6-3400M most important features. These characteristics, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of extra threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent 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. While 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
 
 
2.3GHz
 
2.8GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
 
 
4096KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better

  - AMD A6-3400M       - Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988)

Detailed side by side comparison of A6-3400M vs Intel i5-460M specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A6-3400M Core i5-460M (PGA988)
General recommendations:
Packs more CPU cores
  General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 instructions

Drawbacks:

Operating frequency is lower,
Does not support some instructions
 

Drawbacks:

Not as many CPU cores,
No products planned for the socket

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A6-3400M and Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A6-3400MIntel Core i5-460M (PGA988)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA6-Series for NotebooksCore i5 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberA6-3400Mi5-460M
CPU part numberAM3400DDX43GXCP80617004116AI
Introduction dateJune 14, 2011September 26, 2010
 
CPU features
Core nameLlanoArrandale
Platform nameSabineCalpella
MicroarchitectureK10Nehalem
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FS1Socket G1
Frequency (MHz)14002533
Turbo Frequency (MHz)23002800
Clock Multiplier 19
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 256 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)0.9125 - 1.4125 
Cores42
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 6520GHD (Nehalem)
Base frequency (MHz)400500
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3L-1333DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
Notes:

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For detailed specifications of "AMD A6-3400M" or "Intel Core i5-460M (PGA988)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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