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Front view of AMD A6 3600

Reasons to consider the
AMD A6 3600

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD A4 3400

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AMD A4 3400

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Much higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 903 vs 758 Around 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71.5 °C vs 70.5 °C Almost the same
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of A6 3600 vs A4 3400

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3600
1,668
A4 3400
1,259

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3600
3,493
A4 3400
2,594

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
3,717
A4 3400
2,511

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
1,153
A4 3400
1,367

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
90,200 MB/s
A4 3400
112,400 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
4,058
A4 3400
2,446

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 3600
2,712
A4 3400
1,595

PassMark (Single Core)

A6 3600
758
A4 3400
903

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

A6 3600  vs
A4 3400 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz None
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
FM1
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.7 pt/W 1.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

A6 3600  vs
A4 3400 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,178,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 228 mm² 228 mm²
Voltage range 0.91 - 1.41V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.5°C Unknown - 71.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.26 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.54 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz 3.5 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 6530D Radeon™ HD 6410D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 443 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
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