AMD’s E-450 and Core i3-2330M may not be right processors to compare. Both of them are intended to serve different market segments – though they sever many overlapping functions. The AMD’s E-450 is a low cost processor that consumes low power ( and therefore enhance battery life) and are found in the netbooks and small notebooks. Typical price of the notebooks being $300 to $350. The Core i3-2330M can be categorized as and entry to mid level notebooks with a significantly fast processor performance than the AMD’s E-450. It may be more worthwhile to compare E-450 with Intel Atoms.
The AMD E-450 belong to the brazos family characterized by the a decent graphics performance. The Sandy Bridge Core i3-2330M also has good graphics performance. If you are not looking for extreme mobility and battery life, you may be better off with Core i3-2330M ( pay $100 to $150 extra).
For example the Toshiba – Satellite Laptop C655-S5307 , a 15.6 inch notebook powered by the core i3-2330M costs $458 ( at the time of writing).
The Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5304 , powered by E-450, on the other hand is available for $299 at best buy.
A discussion at the forum reveals that it is more meaningful to compare E-450 with Ultra Low voltage Core i3 processors.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||AMD E-450||Core i3-2330M|
| Core Frequency
||1.65 GHz||2.20 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||2||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||2 x 512 KB||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo||No Turbo|
| TDP Rating
||18 Watts||35 Watts|
| 64 Bit Support
||40 nm||32 nm|
| Integrated Memory Controller
| Integrated Graphics
||Yes, HD 6320, base clock 508 MHz, Turbo 600 Mhz||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Some more details of AMD E-450
The E-450 promises to enhance the performance of the earlier E-350 fusion processor mainly with support for turbo core. It increases the nominal core frequency to 1.65 GHz ( up from 1.60 GHz in E-350). The GPU uses newer core and supports turbo. Called APU ( Accelerated Processing Unit) by AMD, the E-450 will feature in low cost net book and small notebooks. It promises a decent multimedia performance.
Some more details of Core i3-2330M
The Core i3-2330M marginally improves upon the core i3-2310M and should therefore offer a performance improvement of the order of 4%. The turbo boost is not available with core i3-2330M which will reduce its performance as compared to the core i5 processors. The graphics performance is decent with Intel’s integrated graphics 3000.
In the next post we have compared the benchmark results of these two processors
Further Suggested Readings
The i3-2330M belongs to Sandy Bridge. Check out the Sandy Bridge Architecture.
The E450 belongs to the Zacate APU Series from AMD. Take a look at at the Zacate Architecture.