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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-1450 Quad-Core APU A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 590% 641%
Red Dead Redemption 2 603% 656%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 502% 546%
Doom Eternal 568% 617%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 769% 833%
Need For Speed Heat 586% 637%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1079% 1166%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 866% 937%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 993% 1074%
Star Citizen 568% 617%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-1450 Quad-Core is marginally better than the AMD APU A4 Micro-6400T Quad-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 A4 Micro-6400T was released less than a year after the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A6-1450 Quad-Core and the APU A4 Micro-6400T both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD APU A6-1450 Quad-Core and the AMD APU A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core have the same number of threads. 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 A6-1450 Quad-Core and APU A4 Micro-6400T 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 APU A6-1450 Quad-Core and the APU A4 Micro-6400T both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 A6-1450 Quad-Core and the APU A4 Micro-6400T have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the APU A4 Micro-6400T, at least 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.

The APU A4 Micro-6400T has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-1450 Quad-Core (though they were created with the same size 28 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU A4 Micro-6400T will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-1450 Quad-Core and the APU A4 Micro-6400T 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 CodenameJaguar Temash KB-A1Mullins
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)BGA769 (FT3b)
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date11 Sep 201329 Apr 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1 GHzvs1 GHz
Turbo Frequency1.4 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Max TDP8 Wvs4 W
Lithography28 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs1
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 8250Radeon R3 6400T
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-1450 is a micro mobile processor based on the 28nm, Jaguar microarchitecture, exclusively for tablets.

It offers 4 codenamed 'Temash' Cores clocked at 1.0GHz that go up to 1.4GHz, in Turbo Mode and a total of 2MB of L2 Cache. The processor also features very weak integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8250 with 128 Shader Processing Units that are based on the GCN architecture.

Its performance is very very limited and will be a bottleneck for most games and applications.
APU ‚ÄčA4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core is a micro mobile processor based on the 28nm, Puma+ microarchitecture, exclusively for tablets.
It offers 4 cores clocked at 1.0GHz that go up to 1.6GHz, in Turbo Mode and 2MB of Level 2 Cache. It also offers weak integrated Graphics called Radeon R3 6400T which come clocked at 350MHz and offer 128 Shader Processing Units.
Its performance is ridiculously low and thus only suited for home browsing.

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