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Front view of Intel Core i5 3470S

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3470S

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Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,848 vs 786 More than 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 8,949 vs 1,551 More than 5.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Better PassMark score 6,278 vs 1,283 Around 5x better PassMark score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.36 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 4455M

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AMD A6 4455M

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 69.1 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 52.81W 3.8x lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 19.57 pt/W vs 9.16 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 3.8x lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 3.8x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3470S vs A6 4455M

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 i5 3470S
2,450,000 MB/s
A6 4455M
1,305,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 4455M
1,551

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 4455M
2,838

GeekBench

A6 4455M
2,838

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 4455M
1,283

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3470S  vs
A6 4455M 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Quad 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
SSE4
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 65W 17W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 4.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 14.89 $/year
Performance per watt 9.16 pt/W 19.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 13.81W

details

Core i5 3470S  vs
A6 4455M 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 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 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,303,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 29 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.36 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.36 GHz 2.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Radeon™ HD 7500G
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 327 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 424 MHz

memory controller

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