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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Shanghai Llano
MoBo Socket Socket Fr2 Socket FM1
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 13 Nov 2008 08 Aug 2011
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 4 3
CPU Threads - 3
Clock Speed 2.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency - 2.4 GHz
System Bus 1000 MHz -
Max TDP 75 W 65 W
Lithography 45 nm 32 nm
Bit Width - 64 Bit
Voltage Range 1.35 V KB -
Max Temperature 55°C 71°C
Virtualization Technology yes no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 384 KB
L1 Cache Count 4 -
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 3072 KB
L2 Cache Count 4 -
L2 Cache Speed 2500 MHz -
L3 Cache Size 6144 MB -
Memory Types
Memory Channels - 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Opteron is AMD's x86 server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003 with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007 featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively. APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache. <br/> <br/> The processor integrates average Graphics called <b>Radeon HD 6530D</b>, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. <br/> Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W. <br/> <br/> It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is marginally better than the AMD Opteron 8380 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.

Both the Opteron 8380 and the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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

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 Opteron 8380 and APU A6-3500 Triple-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Opteron 8380 has a 0.4 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the 4.

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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>APU A6-3500 Triple-Core</span> has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Opteron 8380</span>, and although the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

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.