CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5400K vs 3600

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

A6 5400K
5.6
A6 3600
6.0
Passmark and GeekBench (32-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

A6 5400K
7.9
A6 3600
6.7
Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

A6 5400K
9.6
A6 3600
6.0
Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

A6 5400K
N/A
A6 3600
N/A
Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD A6 5400K

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Much higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 70% higher clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.38 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,356 vs 771 More than 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.67 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Marginally newer Oct, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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Significantly 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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Slightly better geekbench (32-bit) score 4,078 vs 2,831 Around 45% better geekbench (32-bit) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of A6 5400K vs 3600

GeekBench (32-bit)

A6 5400K
2,831
A6 3600
4,078

GeekBench

A6 5400K
2,831
A6 3600
5,942

Passmark

A6 5400K
2,145
A6 3600
2,795

Passmark (Single Core)

A6 5400K
1,356
A6 3600
771

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

A6 5400K  vs
3600 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No
Is hyperthreaded No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
SSE4a
AES
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 7540D Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0

details

A6 5400K  vs
3600 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.38 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.67 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.38 GHz 2.1 GHz

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 6.38 pt/W 6.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
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