Intel Pentium 3556U vs AMD A6-7000

Intel Pentium 3556U
AMD A6-7000

General info

Comparing Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Pentium
 
AMD Kaveri
Achitecture codename
Haswell
 
Kaveri
Release date
1 October 2013
 
1 June 2014

Technical specs

Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
2
Number of threads
2
 
2
Maximum frequency
1.7 GHz
 
3 GHz
L1 cache
128 KB
 
n/d
L2 cache
512 KB
 
1024 KB
L3 cache
2 MB
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
28 nm
Die size
118 mm2
 
n/d
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
n/d
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
105 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
1,400 million
 
n/d
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 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
 
n/d
Socket
Intel BGA1168
 
FT3
Power consumption (TDP)
15 Watt
 
17 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Pentium 3556U and A6-7000. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2
 
n/d
AES-NI
-
 
+
FMA
-
 
+
AVX
-
 
+
FRTC
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
+
PowerNow
-
 
+
PowerGating
-
 
+
Out-of-band client management
-
 
+
VirusProtect
-
 
+
HSA
-
 
+
vPro
-
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
-
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
-
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Smart Response
-
 
n/d
GPIO
+
 
n/d
Smart Connect
+
 
n/d
FDI
-
 
n/d
AMT
9.5
 
n/d
Matrix Storage
-
 
n/d
HD Audio
+
 
n/d
RST
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d
Secure Key
+
 
n/d
OS Guard
-
 
n/d
Anti-Theft
-
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
-
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d
IOMMU 2.0
-
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Pentium 3556U and A6-7000.
Supported memory types
DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, LPDDR3-1333, LPDDR3-1600
 
Not Listed
Maximum memory size
16 GB
 
n/d
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB / s
 
n/d

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Pentium 3556U and A6-7000.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell) (200 - 1000 MHz)
 
iGPU core count
n/d
 
3
Clear Video
+
 
n/d
Enduro
-
 
+
Switchable graphics
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+
Graphics max frequency
1 GHz
 
n/d

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
n/d
eDP
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort
+
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
n/d
 
DirectX® 12
Vulkan
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Pentium 3556U and A6-7000.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
10
 
n/d
PCI support
-
 
n/d
USB revision
3.0
 
n/d
Total number of SATA ports
2
 
n/d
Max number of SATA 6 Gb/s Ports
2
 
n/d
Integrated IDE
-
 
n/d
Number of USB ports
4
 
n/d
Integrated LAN
-
 
n/d
UART
+
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Pentium 3556U and A6-7000. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Pentium 3556U 3.56 +1.1%
A6-7000 3.52

Passmark

Pentium 3556U 1684 +1%
A6-7000 1667

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Pentium 3556U and A6-7000 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Pentium 3556U

1.1% faster in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (22 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (15 vs 17 watts)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Advantages of AMD A6-7000

Somewhat newer (1 June 2014 vs 1 October 2013)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
FMA4
AES-NI save
FRTC
TrueAudioMenu
PowerNow
PowerGatingMenu
OutofBandManageMenu
Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)
HSA
IOMMU20Menu
Enduro (saves battery charge by automatically switching between an integrated and discrete AMD GPU depending on workload. Similar to NVIDIA Optimus)
SwitchableGraphics
UVDMenu
VCEMenu
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, Pentium 3556U or A6-7000?

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