- Both are dual core processors. However, the Core i3-2330M is clocked higher at 2.2 GHz ( vs 1.9 GHz of A4-3305M). This, along with support for Hyperthreading and a better architecture makes Core i3-2330M, better in CPU performance.
- Both these processors come with Integrated Graphics. The Integrated graphics of the A4-3305M is much better than that of the Core i3-2330M ( Check out HD Graphics 3000 Vs Radeon HD 6480G ) . Radeon HD 6480G is the integrated graphics in the AMD processor while the HD Graphics 3000 in the integrated graphics in core i3-2330M.
So, depending upon whether the processor or graphics performance is your primary concern, one or the other processor is a better choice.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A4-3305M||Core i3-2330M|
|Core Frequency||1.9GHz||2.20 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
|Cache Organization||2MB L2 cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||2.5GHz||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||35||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Radeon HD 6480G, 593 MHz||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Some more details of AMD A4-3305M
The AMD A4-3305M is another entry level notebooks dual-core processor. This Llano APU has same base and the turbo clock as the A4-3300M but differs in the integrated graphics. The clock speed of the graphics is raised from 444 MHz to 593 MHz. The number of shaders is reduced from 240 to 160.
Some more details of Core i3-2330M
The Core i3-2330M marginally improves upon the core i3-2310M and should therefore offer a performance improvement of the order of 4%. The turbo boost is not available with core i3-2330M ( as against core i5 and i7 processors), which will reduce its performance when compared to the core i5 processors. The graphics performance is decent with Intel’s integrated graphics 3000 but not great for many games.
In the next post will see how the CPU benchmarks for the two processor compare.
Further Suggested Readings
The Core i3-2330M belongs to Sandy Bridge. Check out the Sandy Bridge Architecture.
The A4-3305M belongs to the Llano Series. Take a look at at the Llano Architecture.