CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6300 vs 5400K among desktop 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

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 6300 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 6300  based on its performance, single-core performance and overclocking.

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AMD FX 6300

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Front view of AMD FX 6300

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD FX 6300

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 6300

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz vs 3.8 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better PassMark (Overclocked) score 7,541 vs 1,170.5 Around 6.5x better PassMark (Overclocked) score
More threads 6 vs 2 Three times as many threads
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 7,871 vs 2,916 Around 2.8x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 7,447 vs 2,817 Around 2.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,446 vs 1,356 More than 5% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better performance per watt 9.93 pt/W vs 7.14 pt/W Around 40% better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.77 GHz vs 4.45 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Front view of AMD A6 5400K

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Slightly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 62.5 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.17 GHz vs 4.81 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of FX 6300 vs A6 5400K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
7,871
A6 5400K
2,916

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
2,053
A6 5400K
1,906

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s
A6 5400K
2,125,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
7,447
A6 5400K
2,817

GeekBench

FX 6300
9,503
A6 5400K
2,817

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

FX 6300
6,080
A6 5400K
3,420

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

FX 6300
6,444
A6 5400K
2,137

PassMark (Single Core)

FX 6300
1,446
A6 5400K
1,356

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

FX 6300  vs
A6 5400K 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Hexa core Dual core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 9.93 pt/W 7.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

FX 6300  vs
A6 5400K 
Threads 6 2
L2 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,200,000,000 1,303,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 319 mm² 246 mm²
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.43V 0.83 - 1.48V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.5°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 82 8
Overclocked clock speed 4.77 GHz 4.45 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.81 GHz 5.17 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,541 1,170.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.77 GHz 4.45 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7540D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz

memory controller

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