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AMD A6-4400M vs AMD A8-4555M

AMD A6-4400M

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The AMD A6-4400M is a mobile dual-core processor based on the Trinity architecture. Officially introduced in Q2 2012, it is the direct successor to the Llano A-series of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit). The processing unit is manufactured in 32nm SOI and integrates a 2.7 GHz CPU (up to 3.2 GHz w/ Turbo Core) with a Radeon HD 7520G GPU alongside a dual-channel memory controller, video de- and encoders and a northbridge.

The CPU cores are based on a reworked Bulldozer architecture, called Piledriver. Although marketed as a dual-core processor, the A6-4400M includes only one module with two integer-cores and one floating-point core. As a result, the CPU is not a true dual-core processor.

When compared to previous Bulldozer cores, AMD has managed to improve upon the IPC (instructions per clock) performance of Trinity cores while allowing for higher clock frequencies. However, when compared to its Llano predecessor, the multithreaded performance of Trinity has only been slightly improved. The enhanced Turbo Core 3.0 feature functions well in speeding up single threaded performance, although it is still not on the same level as Intel’s Turbo Boost equivalent. Regardless, AMD has managed to include other features as well, such as the AVX extension (including FMA) and support for AES encryption.

In terms of raw general performance, the A6-4400M performs similar to the Llano-based A4-3330MX. Single-threaded workloads can especially benefit from the new architecture and the updated Turbo Core functionality. If compared to Intels Pentium-series, the A6-4400M offers less performance in most cases. Nonetheless, CPU performance from the AMD processor should be sufficient for all daily workloads like Office and Internet browsing, but will reach its limits in more demanding applications.

The integrated DirectX 11-compatible Radeon HD 7520G offers only 192 shader cores of the Trinity chip (7660G: 384) and, thanks to Turbo Core, will operate anywhere between 497 to 686 MHz depending on the current application demand. On average, the performance of the HD 7520G GPU should be somewhere between the Llano-based Radeon HD 6620G and the HD Graphics 4000 as found in Intel’s Ivy Bridge.

The power consumption of the A6-4400M APU is rated at 35 Watt TDP and is therefore comparable to dual-core Ivy Bridge processors. Consequently, the A6-4400M is best suited for 14-inch notebooks or larger.

AMD A8-4555M

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The AMD A8-4555M is a mobile ultra-low-voltage (ULV) quad-core processor based on the Trinity architecture. Officially introduced in Q4 2012, it is the direct successor to the Llano A-series of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit). The processing unit is manufactured in 32nm SOI and integrates a 1.6 GHz CPU (up to 2.4 GHz w/ Turbo Core) with a relatively fast Radeon HD 7600G GPU alongside a dual-channel memory controller, video de- and encoders and a northbridge.

The CPU cores are based on a reworked Bulldozer architecture, called Piledriver. Although marketed as a quad-core processor, the A8-4555M includes only two modules with four integer-cores and two floating-point cores total. As a result, the CPU is not a true quad-core processor.

When compared to previous Bulldozer cores, AMD has managed to improve upon the IPC (instructions per clock) performance of Trinity cores while allowing for higher clock frequencies. However, when compared to its Llano predecessor, the multithreaded performance of Trinity has only been slightly improved. The enhanced Turbo Core 3.0 feature functions well in speeding up single threaded performance, although it is still not on the same level as Intel’s Turbo Boost equivalent. Regardless, AMD has managed to include other features as well, such as the AVX extension (including FMA) and support for AES encryption.

In terms of raw general performance, the A8-4555M performs somewhere between the ULV Pentium and Core i3 series from Intel. Because of the lower frequency, the A8-4555M is 15 - 20 % slower than the A10-4655M (25 W TDP). Nonetheless, CPU performance of the AMD processor is sufficient for all daily workloads like Office, Internet browsing and even light video editing or gaming.

The APU integrates a DirectX 11-compatible GPU called Radeon HD 7600G.

The power consumption of the A8-4555M APU is rated at 19 Watt TDP and therefore comparable to Intels ULV-processors. Consequently, the A8-4555M is best suited for thin-and-light notebooks.

AMD A6-4400MAMD A8-4555M
AMD A-SeriesAMD A-Series
TrinityTrinity
Series: A-Series Trinity
AMD A10-4600M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-4657M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-4655M compare2 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
AMD A8-4500M compare1.9 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
AMD A8-4557M compare1.9 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
AMD A8-4555M1.6 - 2.4 GHz4 / 4
» AMD A6-4400M2.7 - 3.2 GHz2
AMD A4-4300M compare2.5 - 3 GHz2
AMD A6-4455M compare2.1 - 2.6 GHz2
AMD A4-4355M compare1.9 - 2.4 GHz2
AMD A10-4600M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-4657M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-4655M compare2 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
AMD A8-4500M compare1.9 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
AMD A8-4557M compare1.9 - 2.8 GHz4 / 4
» AMD A8-4555M1.6 - 2.4 GHz4 / 4
AMD A6-4400M2.7 - 3.2 GHz2
AMD A4-4300M compare2.5 - 3 GHz2
AMD A6-4455M compare2.1 - 2.6 GHz2
AMD A4-4355M compare1.9 - 2.4 GHz2
2700 - 3200 MHz1600 - 2400 MHz
1 MB4 MB
24 / 4
35 19
1303 1303
32 32
246 mm2246 mm2
SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2, 4A), x86-64, AES, AVX, FMASSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2, 4A), x86-64, AES, AVX, FMA
iGPUAMD Radeon HD 7520G (496 - 685 MHz)AMD Radeon HD 7600G (320 - 424 MHz)
Architecturex86x86

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 0.98     avg: 1.1     median: 1.1 (2%)     max: 1.14 Points
min: 0.78     avg: 1.1     median: 1.2 (2%)     max: 1.24 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
0.8 Points (25%)
min: 0.42     avg: 0.5     median: 0.4 (14%)     max: 0.57 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 1829     avg: 2225     median: 2292 (20%)     max: 2384
min: 1382     avg: 1507     median: 1555 (14%)     max: 1583
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 3096     avg: 3344     median: 3407 (5%)     max: 3413
min: 3681     avg: 3753     median: 3757 (6%)     max: 3821
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 4161     avg: 4482     median: 4589 (4%)     max: 4590 Points
min: 3491     avg: 4832     median: 5170.5 (5%)     max: 5494 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 2948     avg: 3063     median: 3069.5 (22%)     max: 3165 Points
min: 1593     avg: 1871     median: 1891 (13%)     max: 2109 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 1399     avg: 1528     median: 1520.5 (18%)     max: 1672.9 s
min: 1230     avg: 1265     median: 1282 (15%)     max: 1284 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 42     avg: 47.1     median: 46.8 (9%)     max: 52.87 s
min: 37     avg: 41.6     median: 40.2 (8%)     max: 47.7 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 1070     avg: 1353     median: 1353 (9%)     max: 1636
min: 1468     avg: 1937     median: 1936.5 (12%)     max: 2405
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
7.6 fps (3%)
min: 3.06     avg: 4.2     median: 4.2 (2%)     max: 5.35 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
38.8 fps (11%)
min: 13.615     avg: 20.9     median: 20.9 (6%)     max: 28.18 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.072     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (3%)     max: 0.0778 GB/s
min: 0.091     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (3%)     max: 0.094 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.128     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (3%)     max: 0.135 GB/s
min: 0.163     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (4%)     max: 0.171 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 0.63     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (2%)     max: 0.689 GB/s
min: 0.81     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (3%)     max: 0.822 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 1781     avg: 1800     median: 1804 (10%)     max: 1811 Points
min: 1197     avg: 1720     median: 1876.5 (10%)     max: 1928 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 31     avg: 32.7     median: 31.6 (7%)     max: 36.478 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 70     avg: 73.3     median: 70.9 (3%)     max: 81.308 s
min: 92     avg: 93.7     median: 94 (4%)     max: 95 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 1798     avg: 1848     median: 1806.9 (8%)     max: 1979.86 s
min: 2456     avg: 2523     median: 2491 (11%)     max: 2621 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
18210 MIPS (9%)
min: 12110     avg: 20422     median: 24156 (11%)     max: 25000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
12380 MFLOPS (9%)
min: 9000     avg: 13711     median: 15750 (12%)     max: 16384 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
min: 5.5     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (72%)     max: 5.6 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 3183     avg: 3308     median: 3304 (4%)     max: 3451 Points
min: 3310     avg: 3527     median: 3526.5 (4%)     max: 3743 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1193     avg: 1380     median: 1403 (5%)     max: 1512 Points
min: 1097     avg: 1531     median: 1654 (6%)     max: 1719 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
13531 Points (9%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
1004 Points (3%)

Average Benchmarks AMD A6-4400M → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks AMD A8-4555M → 101% n=22

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