Depending upon your preference for the pure CPU performance or the integrated graphics performance, the Intel’s core i5-2430M or the AMD’s A6-3400M could be a better choice.
In terms of the processor performance, especially in light threaded applications the i5-2430M significantly outperforms the A6-3400M by a significant margin.
However, the Radeon HD 6480G graphics outperforms the Intel HD 3000 by a substantial margin.
Table : AMD A6-3400M Vs Core i5-2430M Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A6-3400M||Core i5-2430M|
| Core Frequency
||1.4 Ghz||2.40 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||4||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||4 MB L2 cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
| Turbo Frequency
||2.3 Ghz||3.0 GHz|
| TDP Rating
| 64 Bit Support
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3-1333||DDR3-1333|
| Integrated Graphics
||Yes, Radeon HD 6480G||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.20 GHz|
Table : AMD A6-3400M Vs Core i5-2430M Benchmarking Comparison
|Benchmarks||AMD A6-3400M||Core i5-2430M|
| PassMark Score
| Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
||89 seconds||31.5 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 i5-2430M
The core i5-2430M is the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor ( Sandy Bridge Processor). Its turbo boost feature ( can raise its clock all way to 3.0 GHz) and the integrated graphics makes it a substantially fast processor.