The AMD’s Llano processors compete with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors not in high ends but in the mid range where price processing ratio gives AMD some advantage over the Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors. Intel took decisive lead with the launch of the Core i5 and core i7 Sandy Bridge processors. The launch of the Ivy Bridge processors in Q1 / Q2 2012 is only going to widen the gap.
The A6-3600 is however, priced inexpensive ( $109 Vs core i3-2100’s price of $129) – and this makes A6-3600 worth consideration.
The are two features that give the AMD a6-3600 competitive advantage over the Core i3-2100
1. The A6-3600 is quad core while the core i3-2100 is a dual core ( the i3-2100 does has the hyperthreading – but it is not the same as the real cores).
2. The A6-3600 supports Turbo boost that core i3-2100 does not. The turbo boost improves the real world performance significantly.
Table : AMD A6-3600 Vs Core i3-2100 Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A6-3600||Core i3-2100|
| Core Frequency
||2.1 GHz||3.10 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||4||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||4 x1 MB L2 cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||2.4 GHz||No Turbo|
| TDP Rating
||65 Watts||65 Watts|
| 64 Bit Support
| Integrated Memory Controller
| Integrated Graphics
||Radeon HD 6530D GPU, 320 Shaders||Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
The small sample of the passmark benchmark for the A6-3600 may not be relied upon. But one thing is certain – the A6-3600 competes well with the core i3-2100 in price as well as performance.