It is easy to be mislead by clock speed to conclude the a lower clock speed means slower processor. AMD’s newest fusion processor – the A6-3400M is clocked just at 1.4 GHz and you may be tempted to conclude that it is slower than the Intel’s core i3-2310M, clocked at 2.1 GHz.
There are few things that work in favor of AMD’s A6-3400M. First – it is a 4 core processor which will give you a great performance in the multi threaded environment.
Secondly the turbo boost feature in the A6-3400M can raise the frequency upto 2.3 GHz based upon demand. This help in improving the performance processes that require processing power in short period of time. In this way, it is more similar to the Intel’s core i3 processors. In overall A6-3400M is better that the Intel’s core i3-2310M ( though it will be inferior to most of the Intel’s core i5 series processors in the Sandy Bridge line)
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A6-3400M||Core i3-2310M|
|Core Frequency||1.4 Ghz||2.10 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|
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.
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Some more details of Core i3-2310M
The Core i3-2310M is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor improving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2310M ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.
In the next post we will check the Benchmark comparison of these two processors.