CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5400K vs 3600 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

A6 5400K
n.d.
A6 3600
n.d.
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A6 5400K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A6 5400K  based on its single-core performance and overclocking.

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AMD A6 5400K

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD A6 5400K

Reasons to consider the
AMD A6 5400K

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 60% higher turbo clock speed
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) 4.45 GHz vs 2.35 GHz Around 90% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better geekbench 3 AES single core score 2,125,000 MB/s vs 90,200 MB/s More than 23.5x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 760 MHz vs 443 MHz More than 70% higher GPU clock speed
Better performance per watt 7.07 pt/W vs 2.12 pt/W More than 3.2x better performance per watt
Better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 4.99 mPixels/s vs 2.63 mPixels/s Around 90% better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.18 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
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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 better PassMark score 2,762 vs 2,137 Around 30% better PassMark score
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads

Benchmarks Real world tests of A6 5400K vs 3600

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

A6 5400K
4.99 mPixels/s
A6 3600
2.63 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

A6 5400K
11.15 fps
A6 3600
7.02 fps

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 5400K
1,924
A6 3600
1,668

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 5400K
2,712
A6 3600
3,493

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5400K
2,916
A6 3600
3,717

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5400K
1,906
A6 3600
1,153

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5400K
2,125,000 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 5400K
2,137
A6 3600
2,762

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

A6 5400K  vs
3600 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
AES
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 7.07 pt/W 2.12 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

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
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,303,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 246 mm² 228 mm²
Voltage range 0.83 - 1.48V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.45 GHz 2.35 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.18 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.45 GHz 2.35 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 7540D Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 760 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

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