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Inside the AMD A4-3300M

The AMD’s A4-3300M has arrived – but it is too late and the too feeble to take on the Intel’s Sandy Bridge. True, AMD has introduced some novelties like the integrated PCIe, a faster DDR3-1333 and most importantly the turbo boost features ( remember – the Sandy Bridge Core i3 processors and the Sandy Bridge Pentium processors do not have the Turbo boost features). But the AMD’s A4-3300M is too slow, if we go by pure clock frequency to compete with core i5s. This dual core processor is clocked at 1.9 GHz but, has an impressive turbo clock frequency of 2.50 GHz.

The A4-3300M was however, never intended to be a processing power house. It  is low cost processor targeted for entry level smaller notebooks. The HP’s G6-1B60US , for example is a sub $450 notebook, which is decent for most of your computing requirement.

But perhaps, the important feature of this processor is the integrated graphics, which helps keep the overall system cost low.   Nickenamed by its R&D team as Llano, the graphics is based upon the Radeon HD 6480G and offers 240 cores at 444MHz.The lack of the dedicated memory is a drawback for the graphics but you will appreciate its performance in the HD Video decodes using its UDV3 video processor.

Table : AMD A4-3300M Features and Specs

Feature AMD A4-3300M
Core Frequency 1.9GHz
No. Of Cores 2
Cache Organization 2MB L2 cache
Turbo Frequency 2.5GHz
TDP Rating 35
64 Bit Support Y
Lithography 32nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3
Integrated Graphics Yes, Radeon HD 6480G

Table : AMD A4-3300M Benchmarking

Benchmarks AMD A4-3300M
PassMark Score 2294
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) Not avaailble
3D Mark 06 CPU 1565
Windows 7 Experience Score 5.4

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