AMD’s Hexa-Core FX-6330 Compared Against Intel Core i3-6100: Battle of Low-Cost Chips
A new benchmark comparison has just surfaced online, showcasing the performance of AMD’s latest hexa-core FX-6330 Black Edition processor with Intel’s dual-core, Core i3-6100 processor. The comparison is of import to budget PC builders as both the chips, are a low-cost solution with retail price under the $120 US.
The FX-6330, which was launched back in Dec. 2015 for the Chinese market, is based on AMD’s last gen Piledriver architecture. Built on the 32nm SOI HKMG process, the chip includes six cores with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.3 GHz. Further, it features 8 MB of L3 cache and maintains a TDP of 95W.
On the other hand, the Intel Core i3-6100 is a hyperthreaded dual core which is based on the 14nm Skylake CPU architecture. This chip is clocked at 3.7 GHz (without any Turbo Boost clock), and features just 3 MB of L3 cache and a TDP of just 51W.
As for the pricing, the FX-6330 retails at $109.99 US, while the i3-6100 is priced at $117 US.
Coming to the comparison, posted by folks over at PConline, the FX-6330 performs better than its Intel competitor in multi-threaded applications such as Fritz Chess benchmark, WinRar and Cinebench. Though the Core i3-6100 does have a slight edge over the FX-6330 processor when tested for games including Crysis 3 and Metro 2033 (tested at 1080p resolution).
As for the power consumption, the AMD system consumes 56W and the Intel setup does 55W at idle mode. The total power consumption at full load and load system consumption are also shown in the benchmark results.
In conclusion, the FX-6330 processor seems to be a better option considering it includes support for the new AM3+ socket, as well as comes with the latest Wraith cooler, which is 10 times more quieter than the last-gen stock CPU cooler.