I'm looking for a new laptop, and was guided here to compare various CPUs. I appreciate the wealth of data, but need some help in interpreting it.
I am thinking that the AMD quad-core A6-3400M (cpu benchmark of 3541) is the best in the laptops in the $500-600 range.
My concern here is makign sure I'm interpreting the numbers right. I see that it has a 1.4 GHz speed, and it compares favorably to the Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz, which as only a 2605 CPUBenchmark. I was told that the second generation i5s and i3s have 4 threads, even though they are only dual-cores, so I would have expected the Intel chip to be faster.
Now--comparing a score of 3541 to 2605--does this refer ONLY to the power of the cpu itself? If different computers that did the testing had different graphics cards or amounts of RAM, would that also affect the score?
The HP site has 2.3GHz next to the 1.4GHz speed, in the product description for its laptop that has this AMD quad core. DOes this mean that this CPU has some technology (like the intel four threads) that allows it to operate as if it really were at that faster (2.3 GHz) speed? Or was that just a typo or a mistake at the HP site? I looked up a product description on the AMD site and didn't see anything that mentioned anything like "hyper-threading."
In other words, which chip would be faster?