CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3217U vs 4455M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

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

No winner declared

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Intel Core i3 3217U

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Front view of Intel Core i3 3217U

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i3 3217U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3217U

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Significantly more l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 424 MHz Around 2.5x better turbo clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,887 vs 1,551 More than 85% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 7.22 mPixels/s vs 2.92 mPixels/s Around 2.5x better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 2,229 vs 1,358.5 Around 65% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 3,410 vs 2,838 More than 20% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 3,037 vs 1,670 More than 80% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,441 vs 1,111 Around 30% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Jun, 2012 vs May, 2012 Release date 1 months later
Front view of AMD A6 4455M

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AMD A6 4455M

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 2.1 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.1 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better performance per watt 21.76 pt/W vs 8.91 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.1 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3217U vs A6 4455M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3217U
10.79 mHash/s
A6 4455M
23.54 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i3 3217U
7.22 mPixels/s
A6 4455M
2.92 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3217U
0.86 fps
A6 4455M
0.29 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 4455M
1,670

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 4455M
1,111

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3217U
93,600 MB/s
A6 4455M
1,305,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 4455M
1,283

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3217U  vs
A6 4455M 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

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
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 17W 17W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 8.91 pt/W 21.76 pt/W
Typical power consumption 13.81W 13.81W

details

Core i3 3217U  vs
A6 4455M 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 18 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7500G
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 327 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 424 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
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