Intel Core i5-460M vs AMD A9-9420

Intel Core i5-460M
AMD A9-9420

General info

Comparing Core i5-460M and A9-9420 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
9.12
 
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Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i5
 
AMD Bristol Ridge
Achitecture codename
Arrandale
 
Stoney Ridge
Release date
26 September 2010
 
1 June 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$80
 
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Price now
$75
 
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Technical specs

Core i5-460M and A9-9420 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i5-460M and A9-9420 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
2
Number of threads
4
 
2
Maximum frequency
2.8 GHz
 
3.6 GHz
FSB
1 × 2.5 GT / s
 
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L1 cache
128 KB
 
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L2 cache
512 KB
 
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L3 cache
3 MB (shared)
 
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Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
28 nm
Die size
81+114 mm2
 
124.5 mm2
Maximum core temperature
105 °C
 
90 °C
Transistor count
382+177 Million
 
1200 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-460M and A9-9420 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
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Socket
BGA1288, PGA988
 
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Power consumption (TDP)
35 Watt
 
10-25 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-460M and A9-9420. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2
 
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FMA
+
 
-
vPro
-
 
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
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Turbo Boost
1.0
 
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Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
n/d
PAE
36 Bit
 
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FDI
+
 
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Fast Memory Access
+
 
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Security technologies

Core i5-460M and A9-9420 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
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EDB
+
 
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-460M and A9-9420 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
-
 
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VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-460M and A9-9420.
Supported memory types
DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
 
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Maximum memory size
8 GB
 
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Max memory channels
2
 
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Maximum memory bandwidth
17.1 GB / s
 
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Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i5-460M and A9-9420.
Integrated graphics
HD Graphics (Ironlake)
 
Radeon R5
Graphics max frequency
766 MHz
 
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Clear Video
+
 
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Clear Video HD
+
 
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Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-460M and A9-9420 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
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Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-460M and A9-9420.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
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Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i5-460M and A9-9420. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i5-460M 7.30
A9-9420 7.38 +1.1%

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i5-460M 3080 +7.1%
A9-9420 2875

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i5-460M 7085 +46.4%
A9-9420 4841

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i5-460M 2 +43.8%
A9-9420 2

wPrime 32

i5-460M 19 +14.5%
A9-9420 21

Passmark

i5-460M 2323
A9-9420 2347 +1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-460M and A9-9420 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i5-460M

MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
SSE (Streaming SIMD Instructions - a SIMD instruction extension working with 128-bit registers)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
FMA4
Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Advantages of AMD A9-9420

1.1% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (1 June 2016 vs 26 September 2010)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 35 watts)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core i5-460M or A9-9420?

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