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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 520M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 520M

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 3 MB vs None Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Front view of AMD A8 for AIOs 8600P

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AMD A8 for AIOs 8600P

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 720 MHz vs 500 MHz Around 45% higher GPU clock speed
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 28.44W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i5 520M  vs A8 for AIOs 8600P 

clock speed

turbo clock speed

L2 cache

gpu clock speed

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 520M  vs
A8 for AIOs 8600P 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.93 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-2133
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3

details

Core i5 520M  vs
A8 for AIOs 8600P 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB None
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Radeon™ R6
GPU clock speed 500 MHz 720 MHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 15W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 13.14 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 12.19W
Intel Core i5 520M
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AMD A8 for AIOs 8600P
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