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Front view of Intel Core i7 3517UE

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3517UE

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Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 685 MHz More than 45% better turbo clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,478 vs 848 Around 75% better PassMark (Single core) score
Lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 28.44W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark score 3,807 vs 2,657 Around 45% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A8 4500M

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AMD A8 4500M

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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 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Higher GPU clock speed 496 MHz vs 350 MHz More than 40% higher GPU clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better performance per watt 9.38 pt/W vs 5.39 pt/W Around 75% better performance per watt
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.34 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3517UE vs A8 4500M

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4500M
3,234

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4500M
1,223

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3517UE
1,110 MB/s
A8 4500M
1,420,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 4500M
2,657

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3517UE  vs
A8 4500M 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual 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
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 17W 35W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 5.39 pt/W 9.38 pt/W
Typical power consumption 13.81W 28.44W

details

Core i7 3517UE  vs
A8 4500M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 17 19
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.7 GHz 2.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.7 GHz 1.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.7 GHz 2.34 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7640G
Latest DirectX 10.x 11.0
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 496 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 685 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Intel Core i7 3517UE
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