The AMD’s A6-4400M belongs to its Trinity Series while Core i5-3210M is Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, both launched in 2012. It turns out that the Intel’s Core i5-3210M is better than the AMD’s A6-4400M not only in CPU but also in integrated graphics performance.
You will find sweeping statements like – “AMD’s Trinity is faster than Intel Ivy Bridge in graphics”. This is not true for all of the Trinity APU line up ( But yes, the top of the line APUs do out perform the Intel HD Graphics 4000). One reason why the integrated graphics in is slower is that the Radeon HD 7502G ( the integrated graphics in A6-4400M ) has only 192 shaders out of the maximum 384 possible. Check the integrated graphics performance comparison here. The CPU comparison follows here.
Table : Feature Differences
|Core Frequency||2.70 GHz||2.5 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2/2 Cores||2/4 Hyperthreads|
|Cache Organization||1 MB L2||3 MB L3|
|Turbo Frequency||3.20 GHz||3.10 GHz|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Lithography||32 nm||22 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3||DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Radeon HD 7520G||HD 4000, 650 MHz Base, 1100 MHz Turbo|
Some more details of A6-4400M
The AMD A6-4400M is based upon Trinity architecture released in 2012. It is a successor to the Llano APU and comes with better Radeon HD 7520G graphics. AMD calls it APU ( or accelerated Processing Unit) since it contains the processor core as well as graphics.
The Trinity comes with improved Bulldozer architecture, that AMD has nicknamed Piledriver. In reality, it has one module that comes with two integer core and a shared floating point core. Purist hate to call it a real dual core. The new architectures comes with improved performance per clock and a better Turbo boost.
At 2.70 GHz base clock and 3.20 GHz turbo clock the processor is not slow, though still lagging seriously behind the Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i5 and core i7 processors.
The integrated Radeon HD 7520G has only 192 shader cores of the Trinity chip (7660G has 384). while the Radeon HD 7660G is a true performer trashing Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 by a wide margin, the 7520G will have performance level between 7660G and HD Graphics 4000.
Some more details of Core i5-3210M
The Core i5-3210M belongs to the Ivy Bridge series and can be categorized as mid to high end notebook processor with base clock of 2.5 GHz and maximum Turbo clock of and 3.1 GHz. Architectural improvement provides 10% performance advantage over the similarly clocked Sandy bridge processors. We also get native support for PCI Express 3.0 and USB 2.0
The integrated graphics get a much greater improvement with HD Graphics 4000. We also have a faster video encode with a better Quick Sync. Apple uses this processor in its Macbook Pro line of notebooks.
In the next post we will compare the benchmark results of these two processors.