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.
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.
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.
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.