The Intel’s Core i5-2450M belongs to its Sandy Bridge architecture while A8-3520M is AMD’s Llano APU ( Accelerated Processing Unit). AMD just started calling their parts that come with Integrated graphics as the APU. In reality, Intel’s processors could also be called APU.
It turns out that Intel takes lead in the CPU performance by a wide margin while the AMD’s A8-3520M has a much better integrated graphics. Let us us take a quick look at their specification comparison. In the next post we will compare their benchmarks.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD A8-3520M||Core i5-2450M|
|Core Frequency||1.6 GHz||2.50 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||4||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
|Cache Organization||4MB L2 Cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||2.5 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|TDP Rating||35||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3L-1333||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Yes, Radeon HD 6620G||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.20 GHz|
Some more details of AMD A8-3520M
The AMD’s A8-3520M bumps up the base and turbo clock of the A8-3500M by 100 MHz and should give you 5% to 7% CPU performance improvement, making it more competitive against the Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor to great extent and to Core i5 to some extent. The A8-3520M comes under the Llano APU group and has integrated graphics that outperforms the Intel’s integrated HD Graphics in Sandy bridge processors by 2x margin.
Some more details of Core i5-2450M
The core i5-2450M is clocked at 2.50 GHz and that gives decent performance with its turbo boost 2.0 feature. The Integrated Graphics (HD Graphics 3000) is not that great for gaming but good enough for a decent display.
In the next post we will take a look at some of the benchmark results.