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Front view of Intel Core i7 3517UE

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3517UE

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Much better turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 424 MHz More than 2.2x better turbo clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher turbo clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 2 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
More l3 cache 4 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 4 MB l3 cache is just OK
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,478 vs 767 Around 95% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD A8 4555M

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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
Much better performance per watt 14.16 pt/W vs 5.39 pt/W Around 2.8x better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 2,536 vs 1,324 More than 90% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2012 Release date 3 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3517UE vs A8 4555M

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 4555M

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3517UE
1,110 MB/s
A8 4555M
1,140,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 4555M

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 3517UE  vs
A8 4555M 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
AVX 1.1
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 17W 19W
Annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year 4.58 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year 16.64 $/year
Performance per watt 5.39 pt/W 14.16 pt/W
Typical power consumption 13.81W 15.44W


Core i7 3517UE  vs
A8 4555M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 17 16
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C


Overclocked clock speed 1.7 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.7 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.7 GHz 2.4 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7600G
Latest DirectX 10.x 11.0
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 320 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 424 MHz

memory controller

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