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Front view of Intel Core i5 3475S

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3475S

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 48.09 $/year 3.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 136.66 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Oct, 2011 Release date 7 months later
Front view of AMD FX 6100

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AMD FX 6100

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.9 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
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) 4.4 GHz vs 3.73 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.72 GHz vs 2.9 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 69.1 °C Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3475S vs FX 6100

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6100
6,990

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6100
1,798

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3475S
2,405,000 MB/s
FX 6100
2,090,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6100
6,679

GeekBench

FX 6100
8,368

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

FX 6100
5,409

PassMark (Single Core)

FX 6100
1,184

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3475S  vs
FX 6100 
Clock speed 2.9 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 48.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 136.66 $/year
Performance per watt 10.72 pt/W 3.75 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 HyperTransport 3.1
Number of links 1 1
Data rate 2,560 MB/s 10,400 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,200 MT/s

details

Core i5 3475S  vs
FX 6100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 1 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.73 GHz 4.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz 4.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.73 GHz 4.4 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 N/A
Latest DirectX 11.0 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
3DMark06 7,033 N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
Intel Core i5 3475S
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