AMD’s strategy has been to sell more core for same or lesser price performing better for a give price. The quad core A6-3400M seems to be doing exactly that and has been able to compete at least with the Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor. There are three reasons why AMD’s A6-3400M is faster and better than Core i3-2330M
1. The AMD A6-3400M supports Turbo boost feature missing in core i3-2330M.
2. The A6-3400M is quad core while Core i3-2330M is dual core. True, the core i3 has Hyperthreading, but it is not the same as the real additional cores.
3. AMD has done decent work with the integrated graphics in the Llano APUs. The Radeon HD 6520G integrated graphics in the A6-3400M put up something comparable to the Intel’s HD 3000.
Table : AMD A6-3400M Vs Core i3-2330M Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A6-3400M||Core i3-2330M|
|Core Frequency||1.4 Ghz||2.20 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||4||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||4 MB L2 cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
| Turbo Frequency
||2.3 Ghz||No Turbo|
| TDP Rating
| 64 Bit Support
| Integrated Memory Controller
| Integrated Graphics
||Yes, Radeon HD 6480G||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Table : AMD A6-3400M Vs Core i3-2330M Benchmarking Comparison
|Benchmarks||AMD A6-3400M||Core i3-2330M|
| PassMark Score
| Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
||35 Seconds||41.5 seconds|
| 3D Mark 06 CPU
| Windows 7 Experience Score
Some more details of AMD A6-3400M
The AMD A6-3400M is an entry level quad-core processor for notebooks. This is code named as Llano and released on June 15th of 2011. This processor comes under AMD A-Series. The base frequency of the processor is 1.4GHz only. Its Turbo Boost technology can over clock it up to 2.3 GHz, but this over clocking completely depends on temperature conditions and number of cores usage. This processor comes with integrated Radeon HD 6520G Graphics card and integrated memory controller that can support for DDR3 (L)- 1333 memory and a PCle 2.0 controller. The TD of this processor is 35 Watt.
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 which will reduce its performance as compared to the core i5 processors. The graphics performance is decent with Intel’s integrated graphics 3000.