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Front view of AMD A8 3800

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AMD A8 3800

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 860 vs 758 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of A8 3800 vs A6 3600

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3800
2,344
A6 3600
1,668

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3800
4,230
A6 3600
3,493

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3800
4,656
A6 3600
3,717

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3800
1,308
A6 3600
1,153

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3800
102,500 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3800
4,510
A6 3600
4,058

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 3800
3,064
A6 3600
2,712

PassMark (Single Core)

A8 3800
860
A6 3600
758

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

A8 3800  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
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

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 6550D Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 600 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

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

details

A8 3800  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 1 MB 1 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 - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.2 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.2 GHz 4.26 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 2.2 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
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