AMD A8-7410 vs Intel Core i5-6200U – specs shootout and benchmark results

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While we are working on the HP ProBook 455 G3/450 G3 review, we thought it might come in handy for some users to see what’s the performance difference between the two chips – AMD A8-7410 and Intel Core i5-6200U. If you still don’t know why we are looking at these specific CPUs, it’s because the ProBook 450 G3 offers the Core i5-6200U while the ProBook 455 G3 uses AMD’s A8-7410 chip and both variants cost just about the same. There are, however, other configurations featuring Core i7 and A10 CPUs but we are now focusing on the more affordable solutions.

Anyway, back to the chips. The AMD A8-7410 based on Puma+ architecture, this Carrizo-L chip offers four compute cores that can go up to 2.5 GHz, which is slightly more than the A8-6410 predecessor (2.4 GHz). The CPU also offers Radeon R5 integrated graphics and interestingly, the whole chip’s TDP can be configured anywhere between 12 and 25W. For instance, the Intel Core i5-6200U has a fixed TDP of 15W including the Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU.

So while this might not seem a fair game, since the A8-7410 integrates four cores and Intel’s solution sports only two, there is a lot more to other features than you thought. The Core i5-6200U is manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process while AMD’s chip has a 28nm process and this can mean several things – the Core i5-6200U should be more power efficient, has less heat dispersion and fits into a smaller die size. Also, the Core i5-6200U’s clock speeds are slightly higher (2.3 – 2.8 GHz or 2.7 GHz for two active cores) while boasting the so-called Hyper-Threading technology. It basically emulates one virtual core for each physical. And last, but not least, Intel’s chip has level 3 cache of 3MB while AMD’s offering has only level 2 cache of 2MB.

We can easily say that Intel’s Core i5-6200U has much higher performance and more advanced features but let’s see what the benchmarks show.

If you are interested in buying one of the aforementioned configurations, make sure to check out the HP ProBook 455 G3 here and the 450 G3 here.

Intel Core i5-6200U

Intel_Core_i5_logo-300x400Intel Core i5-6200U is a 6th generation dual-core CPU. It is manufactured using 14 nm FinFET process, meaning it’s part of the Ultra-Low Voltage lineup.The CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz, but thanks to the Turbo Boost technology it could automatically increase its clock speeds up to 2.8GHz for a single core and 2.7GHz when two cores are functioning. It is designed using Intel’s Skylake architecture allowing it to have similar performance to Intel Core i7-5500U, which is part of the Broadwell lineup. The CPU boasts four logical cores and 3MB level 3 cache. It consumes 15W of energy and can operate at a maximum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius.

The SoC also integrates Intel HD Graphics 520. Its performance is similar to that of NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 820 GPU. The GPU can be clocked at up to 1000MHz. The SoC supports the Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization and AES-NI technologies.

You can browse through our top CPUs ranking: http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-cpu-ranking

Here you will find other useful information and every notebook we’ve tested with this processor: http://laptopmedia.com/processor/intel-core-i5-6200u

AMD A8-7410

_original_logo__amd_accelerated_a8_processor_elite_by_18cjoj-d70hxjqThe AMD A8-7410 is based on Puma+ architecture and represents the Carrizo-L CPU lineup, which stands for entry-level devices and subnotebooks. The chip offers four compute cores clocked at up to 2.5 GHz and having a base clock of 2.2 GHz. It’s built around 28nm manufacturing process with configurable TDP of the whole SoC. It can go as low as 12W or as high as 25W and this includes the single-channel DDR3L-1866 memory controller and the integrated graphics chip – Radeon R5.

Speaking of which, it has 128 shaders running at a maximum of 850 MHz. The most impressive feature of the Radeon R5 is the ability to decode videos up to 4K resolution using the UVD (Unified Video Decoder). The chip also uses the specialized video encoder called VCE. The Radeon R5 can support up to two displays at once using either VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2.

You can browse through our top CPUs ranking: http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-cpu-ranking

Here you will find other useful information and every notebook we’ve tested with this processor: http://laptopmedia.com/processor/amd-a8-7410/

Benchmarks

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

If you want to learn more about AMD’s Carrizo architecture and Intel’s Skylake processors, make sure you check out our reviews.

Bottom line

It’s quite clear that Intel’s solution is superior to AMD’s in terms of raw performance and more importantly, Intel’s Core i5-6200U has better performance/price ratio. Both configurations – the 455 G3 with A8-7410 and 450 G3 with Core i5-6200U – have almost identical price tag of around $650 so you might want to opt for Intel’s configuration. However, we have yet to see how both notebooks perform in real-life usage like heat management and battery runtimes. It might turn out that AMD’s solution is more energy efficient or tends to run a little hotter than the Core i5-6200U.

Stay tuned for our full review of both models as we will draw a fine comparison line between the two with detailed tests of the battery, screen, performance and cooling capabilities.

If you are interested in buying one of the aforementioned configurations, make sure to check out the HP ProBook 455 G3 here and the 450 G3 here.

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sander G.
sander G.
4 years ago

How about it’s battery life?
I’m looking to buy the Acer Aspire ES1-523-81JN laptop, but I’m quite hesitant since it’s amd; possibly meaning high power consumption.

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