The 2012 has already seen the launch of the two most anticipated processor line up, the Intel’s Ivy Bridge and the AMD’s Trinity. Compre-processors.com brings you a quick analysis of the what you can expect form the top of the line processors in these launches.
The A10-4600M is AMD’s Trinity that comes with Piledriver core, which is nothing but improved Bulldozer core and comes with improved GPU ( compared to Llano). It brings close to 20 to 25% improvement in processor as well as the integrated graphics while slightly reducing the power consumption.
Compare that with Intel’s Ivy Bridge that brings 10% performance improvement in CPU performance with respect to its earlier Sandy Bridge architecture. The Integrated Graphics sees a bigger 40 to 50% performance improvement and brings it closer to AMD’s Trinity in GPU performance.
In comparing the two particular CPUs, we find AMD lagging behind Intel in CPU performance by a far margin in synthetic benchmark. Whether it makes a difference in real life is a highly subjective question. For most of us, it does not make a difference and both of them are more than enough for our purpose. But if you are really doing something that takes more than 10 seconds to complete, and the usage pattern of such activity is not limited to once a week kind of activity, you will really benefit from Intel’s processor. In most other cases, well, it does not matter.
If you are into gaming, AMD will provide better performance. It will also provide much better battery life and could another reason to prefer, if you depend a lot on battery while on travel.
Table : A10-4600M Vs Core i7-3610QM Feature Differences
|Core Frequency||2.30 GHz||2.30 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||4/4 Hyperthreads||4/8 Hyperthreads|
|Cache Organization||4 MB L2||6 MB L3|
|Turbo Frequency||3.20 GHz||3.30 GHz|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts||45 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Lithography||32 nm||22 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3||DDR3-1600|
|Integrated Graphics||Radeon HD 7660G||HD 4000, 650 MHz Base|
Table : A10-4600M Vs Core i7-3610QM Benchmarking Comparison
|PassMark CPU Mark Score||5390||Not available|
|Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)||Not available||26.1 seconds|
|3D Mark 06 CPU||2830||6097|
|Windows 7 Experience Score||6.9||7.6|
Some more details of A10-4600M
The A10-4600M belongs to the Trinity series, a successor to its highly successful Llano Series of APUs. It gets new processor core based upon and updated bulldozer and comes with improved graphics. AMD has been able to bring out a competitive processor using the same older 32 nm Lithograhy ( even as Intel has completed the migration to 22 nm with Ivy Bridge). Trinity brings a much better battery life and better GPU performance ( through its integrated Radeon HD 7660G GPU) compared to Ivy Bridge. However, the degree of the difference between the HD Graphics 4000 in Ivy Bridge and the Radeon HD 7660G in Trinity is less than it was in Llano Vs HD Graphics 3000 in Intel. Also, in CPU performance, Intel has significant lead as compared to Trinity.
Some more details of Core i7-3610QM
The Core i7-3610QM is another quad core processor in the Ivy Bridge Series. Clocked at modest 2.30 GHz base clock, the processor comes with improved HD Graphics 4000 as integrated graphics ( much better than the HD Graphics 3000 in Sandy Bridge).