CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3450S vs 3600 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

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

7.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3450S 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3450S  based on its single-core performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3450S

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3450S

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Much higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,770 vs 758 More than 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much 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 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date 8 months later
Front view of AMD A6 3600

Reasons to consider the
AMD A6 3600

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.62 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70.5 °C vs 69.1 °C Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3450S vs A6 3600

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3600
1,668

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3600
3,493

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
3,717

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
1,153

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3450S
2,460,000 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
4,058

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 3600
2,712

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3450S  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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 8.56 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3450S  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range Unknown - UnknownV 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.62 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.62 GHz 4.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
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