|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz||APU A8-4500M Quad-Core|
|Forza Horizon 3||159%||275%|
|Farming Simulator 17||34%||5%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||130%||231%|
|Watch Dogs 2||149%||260%|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition||103%||192%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A8-4500M 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 Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz was released less than a year after the APU A8-4500M Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.
The APU A8-4500M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A8-4500M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.
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 Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz and APU A8-4500M Quad-Core 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 Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz has a 0.4 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. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the APU A8-4500M Quad-Core.
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 A8-4500M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz, and although the APU A8-4500M 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 Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz and the APU A8-4500M Quad-Core 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 Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz and the APU A8-4500M Quad-Core 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||Sandy Bridge||Trinity|
|MoBo Socket||rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2||Socket FS1|
|Release Date||14 Jan 2013||15 May 2012|
|CPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Clock Speed||2.3 GHz||vs||1.9 GHz|
|Max TDP||35 W||vs||35 W|
|Lithography||32 nm||vs||32 nm|
|L1 Cache Size||128 KB||vs||192 KB|
|L2 Cache Size||512 KB||vs||4096 KB|
|L3 Cache Size||3 MB||vs||-|
|ECC Memory Support||no||vs||no|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000 Mobile||Radeon HD 7640G|
|Base GPU Frequency||350 MHz||vs||496 MHz|
|Max GPU Frequency||-||vs||-|
|Battlefield 3||vs||Performance Value|
|Mini Review||Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz is an OEM mobile processor released in January of 2013 oriented for business purposes but with identical specifications to Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz. |
It's based on the 32nm architecture Sandy Bridge, featuring 2 Cores and 4 Threads clocked at 2.3GHz with no Turbo Boost but with integrated Graphics called Intel HD 3000 clocked at 650MHz (1150 MHz in Turbo mode).
Expect its performance to be on level with Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz.
|Fusion A8-4500M Quad Core is a 4 core fast middle-class mobile CPU based on the Trinity architecture and that features a Radeon HD 7640G GPU clocked at 497 MHz (655 MHz in Turbo mode) with 256 Pipelines. |
Unfortunately, benchmarks indicate the performance falls behind all Intel i5, i7 and most i3 CPUs. Still, it should be enough to run the most demanding games at decent settings, paired with the appropriate GPU.