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AMD Turion ii P520 Vs Intel Core i3-330M

March 12th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


AMD’s Turion ii P520 as well as the Intel’s core i3-330M are part of the entry level notebooks launched during the last 2 years or so. Both are dual core processors and while the Turion ii is 2.3 GHz part, the Core i3-330M is clocked at 2.13 GHz.

So which one is faster. Take a look at the table below.

Benchmark AMD ‘s Turion ii P520 Intel Core i3-330M
Super Pi 2M 77 50
Windows 7 Experience Index – CPU 5.7 6.2
Pass Mark Score 1427 1947
3D Mark 06 CPU Score 1850 2200

The Table makes is clear that the Intel’s Core i3-330M wins the race even with lower clock frequency. One of the reasons we can attribute to is the 3 MB of the smart cache ( L3 Cache in the Turion ii P520).

Additionally, Intel’s core i3-330M has integrated graphics controller, which, helps reduce the system cost by not requiring any external graphics component. Although, the performance of the integrated graphics is not good enough for high end gaming, it is not bad to have them for entry level notebooks where video processing and display is the primary concern.

If you come across a choice of Turion ii P520 Vs similarly price core i3-330M based notebook, the latter will obviously be better choice. If Turion ii P520 is offered at $50 to $100 lower price ( assuming every other configuration stays same), perhaps Turion ii P520 will can be considered.

Turion ii P520 will probably have closer performance level to another Arrandale based processor from Intel – the Pentium P6100.

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