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AMD Athlon II P320 vs Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500 Comparison

March 28th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The AMD’s Athlon ii P320 as well as the Intel Pentium Dual Core T4500 are seen in the entry level notebooks and the comparison is interesting. It turns out that the Athlon ii’s exotic Integrated Memory controller is not good enough to make it a better processor in terms of the benchmarking results. The higher 2.3 GHz clock frequency of the Dual core T4500 weigh heavily and does not let the 2.1 GHz P320 go past it.

Before we do quantitative and benchmark comparison of the Athlon ii P320 with Dual Core T4500, let us take a look at the qualitative comparison of the P320 with T4500

– Both the Athlon ii P320 as well as the Dual Core T4500 are dual core. While P340 is clocked at 2.1 GHz, the T4500 is clocked at 2.3 GHz.

– The Athlon ii P320 has integrated memory controller, which speeds up the processor to memory controller. The memory DIMM module connect to the processor directly. This is unlike the Intel’s T4500 architecture, in which, the processor first communicate with the North Bridge, which in turn communicates with the Memory. This slows down the processor to memory communication.

– Both the Athlon ii P320 as well as the T4500 have 1 MB of L2 Cache.
– The Athlon ii P320 communicates with the chipset using fast differential HyperTransport Bus. The Intel’s Dual core T4500 communicated with Front Side Bus.

Given these facts, it is difficult to arrive at a quick decision as to which of these two is faster. The Table below lists out some of the bench marking results.

Benchmark Athlon ii P320 Dual Core T4500
Super Pi 2M (Lower is better) 85seconds 63 seconds
Windows 7 Experience Index – CPU 5.1 5.8
PassMark Score 1261 1563
3D Mark 06 CPU Score 1670 1920

From the Table, it is obvious that the Intel’s Dual core T4500 has better performance than the Athlon ii P320, though the margin is not very high. It may be more appropriate to compare the Athlon ii P340 with Intel Dual core T4500.

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  1. Maistro
    March 30th, 2011 at 03:43 | #1

    Perfect. This kind of comparison is what i’ve been looking for. Thanks very much