CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5400K vs 3600

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

A6 5400K
5.6
A6 3600
5.7
Passmark and GeekBench (32-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

A6 5400K
7.7
A6 3600
6.5
Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

A6 5400K
9.6
A6 3600
6.1
Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

A6 5400K
8.7
A6 3600
6.5
Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD A6 5400K

Reasons to consider the
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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
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 760 MHz vs 443 MHz More than 70% higher GPU clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 11.09 pt/$ vs 4.49 pt/$ Around 2.5x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.39 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 85% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,356 vs 769 More than 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.61 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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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 4,056 vs 2,817 Around 45% better geekbench (32-bit) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of A6 5400K vs 3600

GeekBench (32-bit)

A6 5400K
2,817
A6 3600
4,056

GeekBench

A6 5400K
2,817
A6 3600
5,942

Passmark

A6 5400K
2,146
A6 3600
2,778

Passmark (Single Core)

A6 5400K
1,356
A6 3600
769

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
Is hyperthreaded No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
MMX
AVX 1.1
SSE
SSE4.2
AMD64
XOP
SSE3
CLMUL
SSE2
FMA4
F16C
SSE4.1
SSE4a
AES
3DNow!
CVT16
AMD-V
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 6.15 pt/W 6.57 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 4.39 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.61 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.39 GHz 2.4 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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