CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3217U vs 4500M 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

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3217U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3217U  based on its single-core performance and power consumption.

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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 newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 685 MHz Around 55% better turbo clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 28.44W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,441 vs 1,223 Around 20% better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs May, 2012 Release date 1 months later
Front view of AMD A8 4500M

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AMD A8 4500M

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x 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
Much better sky diver score 2,194 vs 1,540 More than 40% better sky diver score
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 36.54 mHash/s vs 10.79 mHash/s Around 3.5x better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Higher GPU clock speed 496 MHz vs 350 MHz More than 40% higher GPU clock speed
Better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,220 vs 1,810 Around 25% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.33 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3217U vs A8 4500M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3217U
10.79 mHash/s
A8 4500M
36.54 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i3 3217U
0.86 fps
A8 4500M
0.38 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 4500M
2,220

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 4500M
2,194

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 4500M
3,331

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4500M
3,234

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4500M
1,223

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4500M
3,154

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3217U  vs
A8 4500M 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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 35W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 9.41 pt/W 10.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 13.81W 28.44W

details

Core i3 3217U  vs
A8 4500M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 18 19
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 1.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.8 GHz 2.33 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7640G
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 496 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 685 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 25,600 MB/s
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