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Front view of Intel Core i5 3470

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470

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Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A8 6500

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AMD A8 6500

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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
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 86.05W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 71.3 °C vs 67.4 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 31.22 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 84.62 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 3.67 GHz Almost the same
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Jun, 2012 Release date a year later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3470 vs A8 6500

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3470
3.08 mHash/s
A8 6500
44.05 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3470
0.67 fps
A8 6500
0.4 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
2,580
A8 6500
2,477

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
1,055
A8 6500
2,778

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 3470
3,118
A8 6500
4,738

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
9,436
A8 6500
5,792

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
2,983
A8 6500
2,086

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s
A8 6500
2,230,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3470  vs
A8 6500 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.1 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
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 77W 65W
Annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 4.41 pt/W 7.4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 86.05W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3470  vs
A8 6500 
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 None
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.4°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz 3.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 3.72 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 8570D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 800 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i5 3470
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