Intel Core i7-2710QE vs AMD A10-4600M

General info

Comparing Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
AMD A-Series
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Trinity
Release date
3 January 2011
 
15 May 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$378
 
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Technical specs

Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
4
Base frequency
2.1 GHz
 
2.3 GHz
Maximum frequency
3 GHz
 
3.2 GHz
Bus support
4 × 5 GT/s
 
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L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
192 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
4 MB (shared)
L3 cache
6 MB (shared)
 
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Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
32 nm
Die size
216 mm2
 
246 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
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Transistor count
1,160 million
 
1,178 million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M 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 (Uniprocessor)
 
1
Socket
FCPGA988
 
FS1r2
Power consumption (TDP)
45 Watt
 
35 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX
 
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AES-NI
+
 
+
FMA
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
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Turbo Boost
2.0
 
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Hyper-Threading
+
 
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Idle States
+
 
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Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
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Demand Based Switching
-
 
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FDI
+
 
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Fast Memory Access
+
 
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Security technologies

Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
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Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
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VT-x
+
 
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EPT
+
 
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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
 
DDR3
Maximum memory size
16.6 GB
 
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Max memory channels
2
 
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Maximum memory bandwidth
23.84 GB/s
 
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Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M.
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
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Graphics max frequency
1.2 GHz
 
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InTru 3D
+
 
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Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
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eDP
+
 
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DisplayPort
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
SDVO
+
 
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CRT
+
 
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Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
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Max number of PCIe lanes
20
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-2710QE and A10-4600M are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-2710QE

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD A10-4600M

35.4% faster in synthetic tests
More powerful video core
Much newer (15 May 2012 vs 3 January 2011)
Higher maximum frequency (3200 vs 3000 MHz)
Higher base frequency (2300 vs 2100 MHz)
Less power hungry (35 vs 45 watts)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core i7-2710QE or A10-4600M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD A10-4600M.
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