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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 processor), 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 . 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 : 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

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.

In the next post we will compare the benchmarks of these two processors.

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8 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…

  3. mihaipetit says:

    i want to buy a laptop for gaming. What do you suggest between the I5-3210M and the A8-4500M ?

  4. Larry says:

    In a lower price range, AMD is 3X faster than i5 because of better graphics. If you want to spend big money buy an i7 with discrete graphics for best performance. The lower end intels have a good chip with disasterous graphics performance. I recently bought an amd 4500 and its much better than a similarly priced i5. so it depends on your budget. I love my new laptop for less than $500…thanks

  5. nel says:

    i do a lot of 3d renderings and animation (3dmax, sketchup, autocad,) and planning to buy a laptop. here are the specs i saw on the shop
    1. AMD Quad Core (2.3-3.2 GHz), 8gbDDR3 (1600MHz),AMD Radeon
    7660G+HD7670M, Dual Graphics (2gb Graphics), 1000gb S-ATA II
    2. Intel Core i5 3210M (2.5-3.1GHz), 4gbDDR3 (1600MHz), AMD Radeon
    HD7670M (2gb graphics, 1000gb S-ATA II
    which is beter?? thanks..

  6. Ronnie says:

    I have an ASUS K55DR
    it has the A8-4500m processor and it works very-very well
    i am very impressed by AMD!

  7. obaid says:

    hey guys,
    im from india , most of my friends who are using laptops with amd processor are saying that their laptops overheat when they games play with high settings. they say that laptops with AMD processors only work properly in cool environments. is this true..?

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