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AMD A8-4500M Vs Intel Core i5-3210M

The A8-4500M is AMD’s Trinity processor while the Core i5-3210M is Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. While the AMD is no more competing in the top of the line section, its APUs ( that AMD prefers to name its proceesor), are cost effective and the latest update in the processor design makes them compete with the mid of the line Intel processors. In this angle the A8-4500M positions itself as mid to mid-high range and is able to compete with the Core i5-3210M well ( see the benchmark results below). One of the reasons that this AMD processor is able to compete with the Intel is that it is quad core while the Core i5-3210M is a dual core.

The AMD’s Trinity also comes with better processor. While Intel did improve substantially with the HD Graphics 4000 in the Ivy Bridge, it still lags behind AMD by a far margin.

Table : A8-4500M Vs Core i5-3210M Feature Differences

Feature A8-4500M Core i5-3210M
Core Frequency 1.90 GHz 2.5 GHz
No. Of Cores 4/4 Hyperthreads 2/4 Hyperthreads
Cache Organization 4 MB L2 3 MB L3
Turbo Frequency 2.80 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 7640G , 256 shaders HD 4000, 650 MHz Base, 1100 MHz Turbo

Table : A8-4500M Vs Core i5-3210M Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks A8-4500M Core i5-3210M
PassMark CPU Mark Score 4310 3900
Super Pi 2M 35 secinds 30
3D Mark 06 CPU 2370 3580
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.7 7.1

Some more details of A8-4500M

This Accelerated Processing Unit ( As AMD calls it) belongs to Trinity architecture and comes a decent Radeon HD 7640G integrated graphics. The architecture is an improved bulldozer architecture that consists of modules. Each module has two integer cores and the a common floating point core. The A8-4500M basically has 2 modules and 4 cores that is conveniently referred to as 4 core processors.

AMD has been able to deliver better performance per clock with Trinity and has also been able to reach higher clock frequency. This has made AMD a bit more competitive against the Intel’s Ivy Bridge onslaught.

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.

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3 Response

  1. joe says:

    Am torn between the I5-3210 and the A8-4500M or A10-4600M, in a Toshiba laptop…
    I dont play games, but do alot of other, mostly basic stuff…any advice would be good..

  2. Maria says:


    Looking at your case, in between the I5-3210M ( I think you wanted to write i5-3210M when you wrote i3-3210) and the A8-4500M – the i5-3210M is a better choice – assuming the two notebooks with these two processors are priced equal.

    The I5-3210M Vs A10-4600M is tough to say – both are about equal in processors and the A10-4600M comes with a much better graphics which is an overkill for you. My guess is A10-4600M is also expensive.

    My gut feeling is that the i5-3210M is best for you since you do not do gaming.

    1. joe says:

      Hey that’s great. I don’t have a preference really..Ok, maybe a slight AMD preference but I like Intel as well. I have a 10 old Toshiba with Intel and a 4yr old Toshiba with AMD.
      Do you mind if I ask a couple more questions?
      1. Will both the i5-3210 and A8/A10 utilize the “dual channel” function if I get 6 gigs ram 4 in one slot 2gb in the other? Or is it automatically something that happens..? (GOD, I used to be so good with this, but after I bought this 2nd Toshiba I stopped followint the technology, I am getting back into it now).

      The other is I believe the intel is dual core, AMD is quad…but doesnt AMD only use one core and pull the others in when nec? And with Intel, doesnt all cores contantly run?
      thanks for your help…

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