CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3556U vs 5200 among laptop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Pentium 3556U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Pentium 3556U  based on its single-core performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 3556U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 3556U

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Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 28 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 6.53 mPixels/s vs 3.33 mPixels/s More than 95% better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Newer Jul, 2013 vs May, 2013 Release date 2 months later
Front view of AMD A6 5200

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AMD A6 5200

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Significantly 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
Much higher GPU clock speed 600 MHz vs 200 MHz 3x higher GPU clock speed
Higher clock speed 2 GHz vs 1.7 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better geekbench 3 AES single core score 982,400 MB/s vs 96,700 MB/s Around 10.2x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 2,659.5 vs 1,939 More than 35% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Slightly better PassMark score 2,417 vs 1,750 Around 40% better PassMark score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 3556U vs A6 5200

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium 3556U
3.67 mHash/s
A6 5200
19 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Pentium 3556U
6.53 mPixels/s
A6 5200
3.33 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium 3556U
0.59 fps
A6 5200
0.51 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5200
3,330

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 5200
1,061

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium 3556U
96,700 MB/s
A6 5200
982,400 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 5200
2,417

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 3556U  vs
A6 5200 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 2 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
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 15W 25W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 8.47 pt/W 10.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 20.31W

details

Pentium 3556U  vs
A6 5200 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB None
Manufacture process 22 nm 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.7 GHz 2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.7 GHz 2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.7 GHz 2 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label HD (Haswell) Radeon™ HD 8400
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 600 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1600
DDR3
Intel Pentium 3556U
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