AMD A6-6420K vs Intel Core i7-2617M

Compare AMD A6-Series APU for Desktops 2 core CPU vs Intel Core 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

10 %
Identical
10 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

21 %
23% slightly better gaming score
17 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

7 %
8 %
14% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

7 %
Identical
7 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

762
915
20% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

471
12% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
417

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

2
Identical
2

Threads

Number of logical processing units

2
4
100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
166% significantly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
61% significantly higher turbo speed
3 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
17 W
282% significantly lower TDP

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

1,133rd of 1,326
1,120th of 1,326

Family

The product line

A6-Series APU for Desktops
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

-
February 2011

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3
DDR3-1066

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
-

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

-
No

A6-6420K vs Core i7-2617M comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-2617M beats the A6-6420K in overall performance. Despite this, the A6-6420K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores but the Core i7-2617M has more threads.

Our database shows that the A6-6420K has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i7-2617M. Also, the A6-6420K has a significantly higher turbo speed.

The Core i7-2617M outputs less heat than A6-6420K thanks to a significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Core i7-2617M over the A6-6420K.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the A6-6420K and the Core i7-2617M, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. For instance, the A6-6420K has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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