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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-3420M Quad-Core Core i5-430M 2.26GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 319% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 464% 265%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 306% 163%
FIFA 21 292% 154%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 374% 207%
Watch Dogs Legion 464% 265%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 551% 321%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 374% 207%
Grand Theft Auto VI 588% 346%
Genshin Impact 217% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A6-3420M 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 A6-3420M Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz, and so the APU A6-3420M Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-3420M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A6-3420M Quad-Core 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 APU A6-3420M Quad-Core and Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 Core i5-430M 2.26GHz has a 0.76 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 probably a good indicator that the APU A6-3420M Quad-Core is superior.

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 A6-3420M Quad-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz, and although the APU A6-3420M Quad-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.

Both the APU A6-3420M Quad-Core and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz have the same TDP of 35 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 A6-3420M Quad-Core and the Core i5-430M 2.26GHz 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 CodenameLlanoArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket FS1BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Dec 201107 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed1.5 GHzvs2.26 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.53 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Voltage Range0.9125-1.4125V KBvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Count4vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6520GHD i5 M430
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs500 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFusion A6-3420M Quad Core is a laptop CPU part of the A6-Series, with integrated GPUS, released by AMD, in 2011.
The CPU does feature 4 cores, as well as HT technology. However, the core frequency, per core, is relatively low so the performance leaves much to be desired.
Still, Fusion A6-3420M Quad Core should be powerful enough to handle every game out there.
Core i5-430M 2.26GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.26GHz, which may go up to 2.53GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel i5 430M, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 500MHz which go up to 766MHz, in Turbo Mode and share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

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