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AMD A8-5550M

86points

Intel Core i7-3960X

AMD A8-5550M
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AMD A8-5550M vs Intel Core i7-3960X

AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

Why is AMD A8-5550M better than Intel Core i7-3960X?

  • 95W lower TDP
    35Wvs130W
  • Has integrated graphics
  • Has FMA4
  • Has F16C
  • Has FMA3
  • 10mm narrower
    35mmvs45mm
  • 17.5mm shorter
    35mmvs52.5mm

Why is Intel Core i7-3960X better than AMD A8-5550M?

  • 2.36x faster CPU speed
    6 x 3.3GHzvs4 x 2.1GHz
  • 8 more CPU threads
    12vs4
  • 192KB bigger L1 cache
    384KBvs192KB
  • 0.8GHz higher turbo clock speed
    3.9GHzvs3.1GHz
  • Has an unlocked multiplier
  • 2 more memory channels
    4vs2
  • Uses hyperthreading technology

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General info

1.DirectX version

11.1

10.1

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

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12.1

2.Supports 64-bit
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit applications.

3.semiconductor size

32nm

32nm

A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2500X

12nm

4.thermal design power (TDP)

35W

130W

The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.

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3W

5.OpenGL version

4.2

3

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

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4.5

6.PCI Express (PCIe) version

2

2

PCI Express (PCIe) is a high speed expansion card standard, that connects the computer to it's peripherals. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.

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44

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Performance

1.CPU speed

4 x 2.1GHz

6 x 3.3GHz

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

32 x 3GHz

2.L2 cache

4MB

1.5MB

A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

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32MB

3.CPU threads

4

12

More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

64

4.L1 cache

192KB

384KB

A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

Best

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

2250KB

5.L2 core

1MB/core

0.25MB/core

More data can be stored in the L2 cache for access by each core of the CPU.

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2.5MB/core

6.turbo clock speed

3.1GHz

3.9GHz

When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

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3100GHz

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Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

1600MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

AMD Ryzen 5 2500X

2933MHz

2.memory channels

2

4

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

Intel Atom x5-Z8350

12.8

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Features

1.Uses hyperthreading technology
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

Many of Intel's processors use hyperthreading, which means that each core of the processor can work on two threads at once instead of most processors which work on a single thread per core. This means you can have significant performance gains in certain applications.

2.Has dynamic frequency scaling
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.

3.Has AES
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

4.Supports hardware-assisted virtualization
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.

5.Has MMX
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

MMX is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.

6.Has F16C
AMD A8-5550M
Intel Core i7-3960X

F16C is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.

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