CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5550M vs 5000 among laptop CPUs

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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A8 5550M 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A8 5550M  based on its performance, single-core performance and features.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD A8 5550M

Reasons to consider the
AMD A8 5550M

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 3.1 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Significantly more l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 2.1 GHz vs 1.55 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Much better fire strike score 709 vs 340 More than 2x better fire strike score
Much better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,349 vs 1,606 More than 45% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 90 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 166.64 fps vs 86.09 fps Around 95% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,387 vs 842 Around 65% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 2,795 vs 2,038.5 More than 35% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 3,344 vs 2,499 Around 35% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Front view of AMD A4 5000

Reasons to consider the
AMD A4 5000

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 10.97W vs 28.44W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Feb, 2014 vs Mar, 2013 Release date 10 months later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 3.25 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of A8 5550M vs A4 5000

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

A8 5550M
39.35 mHash/s
A4 5000
16.17 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

A8 5550M
0.41 fps
A4 5000
0.41 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 5550M
2,349
A4 5000
1,606

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 5550M
1,952
A4 5000
1,328

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 5550M
3,210
A4 5000
2,185

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5550M
1,387
A4 5000
842

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5550M
3,344
A4 5000
2,499

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

A8 5550M
2,795
A4 5000
2,038.5

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

A8 5550M  vs
A4 5000 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 1.55 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz 0 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
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600

details

A8 5550M  vs
A4 5000 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 90°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 8550G Radeon HD 8330

power consumption

TDP 35W 13.5W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 3.25 $/year
Performance per watt 13.51 pt/W 20.15 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 10.97W
AMD A8 5550M
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