Saturday, 18 May 2013

AMD A4-3300 VS AMD A4-5300

Today we are going to compare the two low cost APU's from AMD.


To start off with the specifications:-

Key Features of AMD 2.5 GHz FM1 uPGA A4 3300 Processor :-  $39.99

2.5 GHz Clock Speed
FM1 uPGA Socket Type
65 W Maximum TDP
2 Cores
32 nm Manufacturing Process
Integrated Graphics
128 KB (L1)
512 KB (L2)

Key Features of AMD 3.4 GHz FM2 A4-5300 Processor :-   $54.99

2 Cores
Desktop Processors
3.4 GHz Clock Speed
FM2 Socket Type
DDR3-1866 Memory
32 nm Manufacturing Process
Integrated Graphics
96 KB (L1)
512 KB (L2)

Both the processors are dual core's processors. But one thing to be noted down is the frequency difference between the two. The AMD 5300 is clocked at much higher frequency than the AMD 3300. Will the extra clock provide the boost and required power to the APU, we will see this later.

1) First we start with the motherboard socket :-

Socket FM1 is for AMD's 1st generation APUs (CPU core + GPU core) known as Llano. Socket FM2 is for AMD's 2nd generation APUs called Trinity.  Trinity will also be used by the upcoming Richland APU later this year and the highly anticipated Kaveri APU that is supposed to be released in 2014 (maybe early 2015). Socket FM1 is dead and Llano APUs will not fit in socket FM2.

2) Second we move on to clock frequency :-

As we can clearly see the A4-5300 is the clear winner with clock of 3.4 Ghz whereas it's 2.5 Ghz in case of A4-3300. This means that the A4-5300 will execute the instructions quickly as compared to A4-3300. But, note that this is not always the true case, sometimes a processor with lower clock can beat a processor with higher clock. it just depends upon the benchmarks.

3) Third is the TDP :- 

TDP stand for thermal design power. It is the maximum amount of power the cooling system in a computer is required to dissipate. The TDP is typically not the most power the chip could ever draw, such as by a power virus, but rather the maximum power that it would draw when running "real applications".

Lower the TDP the less power will the processor need to dissipate the heat in the surrounding and vice versa. Usually lower TDP is associated with processors having low power, whereas higher in the processors with large processing power.

The lower the TDP the better is for the CPU and power conservation.

4) Fourth is Cache :-

A CPU cache is a cache used by the central processing unit of a computer to reduce the average time to access memory.

If you want more information on cache please click here :- Cache along with levels

5) Fifth and the final is the GPU :- 

AMD A4-3300 :-

The graphics unit, implemented on the AMD A4-3300M, is Radeon HD 6480G, clocked at 444 MHz. The HD 6480G incorporates 240 shader units, which can be used for 3D graphics acceleration, as well as for acceleration of non-graphics applications.
In addition to CPU cores and the graphics processing unit, the A4-Series 3300M includes Universal Video Decoder (UVD) 3.0, used for acceleration of video decoding, as well as memory and PCI Express 2.0 controllers. On-chip DDR3 memory controller has two channels, and it supports standard and low-voltage memory with data rates up to 1333 MHz.

AMD A4-5300 :-

The GPU on the AMD A4-5300 is HD 7480D which is a higher version of HD 6480G which is clocked at 723 Mhz. This means the performance of the HD 7480D is approximately 19% more than the HD 6480G.


Thought both of the processors are bang for the buck, the AMD A4-5300 is a clear winner as it is newer version. The AMD offers complete ang for the buck as there is no need to buy a discrete graphics cards. There processors are good if you want to play some old games 2000-2008 , and the APU are also capable of playing HD videos which makes it a greater choice for the low budget PC. 

1 comment:

  1. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)