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
|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
|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.