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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-3820 Quad-Core APU A6-3500 Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 77% 167%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 139% 259%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 72% 158%
FIFA 21 66% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 191% 338%
Hitman 3 139% 259%
Genshin Impact 34% 102%
Far Cry 6 180% 321%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 175% 314%
Watch Dogs Legion 139% 259%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-3820 Quad-Core is massively better than the AMD APU A6-3500 Triple-Core when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core was released less than a year after the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core has 1 more core than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A8-3820 Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core has 1 more threads than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core and the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.4 GHz faster base clock rate, the APU A8-3820 Quad-Core manages to provide slightly better performance than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core. What is more, the APU A8-3820 Quad-Core also manages to eke 0.4 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the APU A8-3820 Quad-Core wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the APU A8-3820 Quad-Core and the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 32 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The APU A8-3820 Quad-Core and the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameLlanoLlano
MoBo SocketSocket FM1Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jan 201208 Aug 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs3
CPU Threads4vs3
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.8 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6550DRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency600 MHzvs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-3820 Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.5GHz, which may go up to 2.8GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates mildly powerful Graphics called Radeon HD 6550D, with 400 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 600MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.