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AMD A6-3400M Vs Intel Core i5-2410M

- The  A6-3400M is quad core Llano APU ( Accelerated Processing Unit) from AMD while Core i5-2410M is dual core Sandy Bridge processor from Intel.

- The A6-3400M is clocked at 1.4 GHz, while the i5-2410m is clocked at 2.3 GHz. The Core i5-2410M has better CPU performance, especially in lightly threaded applications ( 2 threads).

- The integrated graphics in the A6-3400M – the Radeon HD 6480G is better than the HD Graphics 3000 - the integrated graphics in Core i5-2410M. If integrated graphics and gaming ( without any external discrete graphics) performance is your primary concern, you may like to opt for A6-3400M.

Table : Feature Differences

Feature AMD A6-3400M Core i5-2410M
Core Frequency 1.4 Ghz 2.30 GHz
No. Of Cores
4 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization
4 MB L2 cache 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency
2.3 Ghz 2.90 GHz
TDP Rating
35 35 Watts
64 Bit Support
Y Y
Lithography
32nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller
DDR3L-1333 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics
Yes, Radeon HD 6480G Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.20 GHz

 

In Single and dual threaded benchmarks and real world performance, the i5-2410M is significantly better than the A6-3400M. In 4 threaded operation the gap reduces and A6-2400M may gain a bit in some cases. The A6-3400′s low 1.4 GHz clock is not good enough.

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 i5-2410M

The core i5-2410M is a relatively fast processor belonging to the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor. The most characteristic improvement as compared to the 1st generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors is in the area of Integrated graphics powered by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 core. Integrated graphics is a part of the silicon and not a separate discrete component or a card. The Integrated graphics and the processor cores are all in one die unlike the earlier 1st generation processors, in which the processor and the integrated graphics were on separate die. The base frequency of the graphics runs at 650 MHz that can extend to 1.20 GHz depending upon the demand. The new Turbo boost 2.0 significantly improves the performance of the processor.

In the next post we will compare the benchmark results of these two processors.


You may also like to check

- Llano APU Architecture

- Sandy Bridge Architecture

- Informal discussion of AMD A6-3400M Vs  Intel Core i5-2410M at forum. 

- List of AMD’s A- Series Llano APUs.

- List of Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge Notebook processors.

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  3. Core i5-2410M – Second Generation Core i5
  4. Pentium B940 Vs Core i5-2410M

10 Response

  1. Hayath says:

    Very good review, thanks.

  2. Francois says:

    Author made a mistake.
    “The A6-3400M is clocked at 1.4 GHz while the i5-2410M is a quad core processor.”

    The “while the i5-2410M is a quad core processor” should be replace by “while the i5-2410m is clocked at 2.3 GHz.”

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for pointing this out – the error has been corrected.

  4. propus says:

    Good review. For graphics, A6 series from AMD is obviously the better choice. But remember, the Core i5 also comes with Quick Sync, which will make video encoding and decoding faster. The advantage A6 has, of course, is in gaming.

  5. noah says:

    propus,

    How many time will you use video encoding in a year. Nobody does any video encoding compression and so one and so forth. And even if you do it, how does it make a difference in your life in 5 minutes versus 10 minutes ? Quick Sync is a hype.

  6. jack says:

    if i wanted to play minecraft would the a6 be sufficient?

  7. Noob says:

    Hi Jack,

    It is more than enough for minecraft.

  8. MIGUEL ANGEL ESCOBAR says:

    Con el A6 es suficiente para trabajarprogramas graficos en 3D?

  9. Alba says:

    Estoy mirando dos ordenadores y no se entre cual de los dos decidirme
    -Portátil Packard Bell 15,6” Easynote TS44-HR-253SP Intel Core i5 2430M
    -Portátil HP 15,6” Pavilion g6-2055ss AMD Quad Core APU

    Seria para utilizar el AUTOCAD (basico, nada de 3D)

    Gracias
    Un saludo

  10. Bulanesti says:

    I disagree with the benchmark
    and mostly with the: “… real world performance, the i5-2410M is significantly better than the A6-3400M”.
    it’s the exact oposite in the real world
    for example i5-2410m almost never goes into turbo, even under video encoding and heavy gaming situations, and this is first hand experience
    also the A6-3400m fluctuates from 0,8Ghz to 2,3Ghz on all cores depending on demand,also under video encoding and heavy gaming situations it stays at 2,3Ghz on all 4 cores, also form first hand experience
    my verdict, as a owner of both on farly similar platforms I can say that the i5-2410m it barely surpases the A6-3400m, and only in the raw horsepower sector, in the gaming sector is the other way around, with a larger margin on the A6-3400m side
    thiese are real world results not some sinthetic benchmarks made to favour one or the other brand of CPU’s

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