|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||APU A10-5750M Quad-Core||Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz|
|Forza Horizon 3||199%||138%|
|Watch Dogs 2||187%||129%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||164%||111%|
|Gears of War 4||222%||157%|
|Farming Simulator 17||24%||40%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.
The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz, and so the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.
The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.
Both the AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core and the Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.
Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.
More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.
The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core and Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has a 0.2 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.
Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.
The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz, and although the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.
The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.
Both the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core and the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 32 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.
The APU A10-5750M Quad-Core and the Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.
On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.
|CPU Codename||Richland||Sandy Bridge|
|MoBo Socket||Socket FS1||BGA 1023|
|Release Date||12 Mar 2013||20 Feb 2011|
|CPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Clock Speed||2.5 GHz||vs||2.3 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||3.5 GHz||vs||-|
|Max TDP||35 W||vs||35 W|
|Lithography||32 nm||vs||32 nm|
|Bit Width||64 Bit||vs||64 Bit|
|L1 Cache Size||-||vs||128 KB|
|L2 Cache Size||4096 KB||vs||512 KB|
|L2 Cache Speed||-||vs||-|
|L3 Cache Size||-||vs||3 MB|
|Max Memory Size||-||vs||16 GB|
|ECC Memory Support||no||vs||no|
|Graphics||Radeon HD 8650G||Intel HD Graphics 3000 Mobile|
|Base GPU Frequency||533 MHz||vs||350 MHz|
|Max GPU Frequency||720 MHz||vs||-|
|Mini Review||APU A10-5750M Quad-Core is a high-end mobile processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture. |
It offers 4 Cores, initially clocked at 2.5GHz that go up to 3.5GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8650G which offer 384 Shader Processing Units and perform substantially better than Radeon HD 7660G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1866. It consumes up to 35 Watt.
Expect a 10% performance boost when compared to its predecessor (A10-4600M). This CPU is still a bottleneck for high-end GPUs such as Radeon HD 7970M/GeForce GTX 680M and should only be paired with performance GPUs - Radeon HD 7850M/GeForce GTX 660M.
|Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture. |
It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.3GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.
The processor integrates weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 3000, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.
It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.