Intel Pentium Gold 4417U vs AMD A6-9220

Intel Pentium Gold 4417U

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The Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4417U is a power efficient dual-core SoC for entry level laptops based on the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (not Coffee Lake). It was announced in February 2019 and integrates two "big" cores (similar to the Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs) clocked at 2.3 GHz (fixed, no Turbo Boost). The integrated graphics card is named Intel HD Graphics 610 and offers 12 EUs clocked at 300 - 950 MHz. The integrated memory controller supports slower memory speeds than the faster i3 and i5 models (DDR4-2133 / LPDDR3-1866 / DDR3L-1600) and dual channel memory.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

With a fixed clock speed of 2.3 GHz, the dual core CPU is clearly slower than models with Turbo Boost and high clock speeds for single thread performance. The multi thread performance however is also limited due to the two cores. The faster Core i5-8250U offers four processor cores and  fast Turbo Boost speeds therefore offers a much better performance. Still, the Pentium 4417U offers enough performance for daily tasks and non demanding applications.

Power Consumption

The chip is most likely manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors (14nm+), the same as the 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, which is typical for ULV chips. According to Intel it can be configured to 12.5 Watt at 800 MHz (cTDP-down) with a clearly reduced performance.

AMD A6-9220

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The AMD A6-9220 is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2016. The 9210 is a mid-range Stoney Ridge processor (dual-core version of Bristol Ridge) and integrates two CPU cores (one Excavator module with 2 integer and on FP unit) clocked between 2.5 - 2.9 GHz. It also includes a Radeon R4 GPU, probably with 192 shaders at 655 MHz, as well as a single-channel DDR4-2133 memory controller, H.265 video engine and chipset with all I/O ports.

Architecture

Stoney Ridge is the successor of the Carrizo architecture and the design is almost identical. Thanks to optimized manufacturing processes and more aggressive Boost behavior, however, the clocks are a bit higher at the same power consumption. The memory controller now also supports DDR4-RAM, in this case up to 2133 MHz. Stoney Ridge is the designation for the smaller dual-core and single-core chip, while Bristol Ridge is the bigger quad-core chip with dual-channel memory controller. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Because of the significantly lower clock range, the A6-9220 should be noticeably slower than the A9-9410. In the Cinebench R15 Multi benchmark e.g. it was around 15% slower in our benchmarks (see below). The single core benchmarks were quite similar overall.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) GPU is probably similar to the R5 with 192 active shader units (3 compute cores), but a reduced clock of just 655 instead of 800 MHz. More details about the GPU are available in the linked articles above. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A6-9220 with 15 Watts, but it can be configured between 10-15 Watts. This means the APU is a good choice for thin and light notebooks.

Intel Pentium Gold 4417UAMD A6-9220
Intel Kaby Lake RefreshAMD Bristol Ridge
Kaby Lake RefreshStoney Ridge
: Bristol Ridge Stoney Ridge
Intel Core i7-8650U compare1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U compare1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U compare1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
AMD A9-9425 compare3.1 - 3.7 GHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9420e compare0 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9420 compare3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9410 compare2.9 - 3.5 GHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9225 compare2.6 - 3 GHz2 / 2
» AMD A6-92202.5 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220C compare1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9210 compare2.4 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2
AMD A4-9120 compare2.2 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2
AMD A4-9120C compare1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2
AMD E2-9010 compare2 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2
AMD E2-9000 compare1.8 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220e compare1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2
2300 MHz2500 - 2900 MHz
256 KB160 KB
1 MB1 MB
2 MB
2 / 42 / 2
15 10-15
14 28
BGA1356BGA
Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR3 Memory Controller, HyperThreadingSingle-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 610 (300 - 950 MHz)AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 655 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$161 U.S.
Intel Kaby Lake Refresh Pentium 4417UAMD Bristol Ridge A6-9220
1200
124.5 mm2
90 °C

Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
203 Points (32%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
472 Points (5%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
228 Points (5%)
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min: 109     avg: 112     median: 111.5 (2%)     max: 114 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
89 Points (33%)
min: 68     avg: 68.5     median: 68.5 (25%)     max: 69 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2.6 Points (5%)
1.4 Points (3%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.1 Points (34%)
0.8 Points (25%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
3570 (32%)
2432 (22%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
8012 (13%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
665 s (8%)
915 s (11%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
21.1 s (4%)
27.7 s (6%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
1792 (11%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
15.5 fps (7%)
8.7 fps (4%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
81.1 fps (24%)
46.5 fps (14%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.1 GB/s (0%)
0.1 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.2 GB/s (0%)
0.2 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
1.4 GB/s (0%)
1 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
3204 Points (18%)
2253 Points (12%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
17.3 s (4%)
20.9 s (5%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
39.1 s (2%)
46.9 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
922 s (4%)
1022 s (5%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 A6-9220 +
4236 Points (5%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 2831     avg: 3011     median: 3010.5 (13%)     max: 3190 Points
min: 1467     avg: 1470     median: 1469.5 (6%)     max: 1472 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 28577     avg: 28749     median: 28749 (18%)     max: 28921 Points
16010 Points (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 27361     avg: 27522     median: 27521.5 (29%)     max: 27682 Points
15125 Points (16%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 29007     avg: 29032     median: 29032 (30%)     max: 29057 Points
15704 Points (16%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2590     avg: 2591     median: 2590.5 (7%)     max: 2591 Points
1241 Points (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3635     avg: 3644     median: 3644 (9%)     max: 3653 Points
1721 Points (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 1369     avg: 1398     median: 1398 (10%)     max: 1427 Points
634 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
6053 Points (49%)
3245 Points (26%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
5722 Points (52%)
2855 Points (26%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
4999 Points (10%)
3510 Points (7%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
5090 Points (10%)
3822 Points (8%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
5280 Points (14%)
3461 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
4882 (9%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
2254 (46%)
1798 (37%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
5089 (8%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
2389 (49%)
1909 (39%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
2599 (40%)
1885 (29%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
5029 (12%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
2695 (37%)
1960 (27%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
5248 (8%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
2162 ms (4%)
2416 ms (4%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
165 ms (2%)
162 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
16702 Points (27%)
14724 Points (24%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Pentium Gold 4417U → 100% n=41

Average Benchmarks AMD A6-9220 → 69% n=41

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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