|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||APU A10-5757M Quad-Core||Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz|
|Farming Simulator 17||24%||50%|
|Forza Horizon 3||199%||99%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||164%||76%|
|Watch Dogs 2||187%||91%|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition||133%||55%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A10-5757M 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 A10-5757M Quad-Core was released less than a year after the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.
The APU A10-5757M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz. With 4 cores, the APU A10-5757M 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 A10-5757M Quad-Core and the Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A10-5757M Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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 A10-5757M Quad-Core and Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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 i5-3230M 2.6GHz has a 0.1 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 A10-5757M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz, and although the APU A10-5757M 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 A10-5757M Quad-Core and the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.
The APU A10-5757M Quad-Core and the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz 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||Ivy Bridge|
|MoBo Socket||BGA 827(FP2)||BGA 1023|
|Release Date||23 May 2013||20 Jan 2013|
|CPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Clock Speed||2.5 GHz||vs||2.6 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||3.5 GHz||vs||3.2 GHz|
|Max TDP||35 W||vs||35 W|
|Lithography||32 nm||vs||22 nm|
|Bit Width||64 Bit||vs||64 Bit|
|L1 Cache Size||192 KB||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||32 GB|
|Max Memory Bandwidth||-||vs||25.6 GB/s|
|ECC Memory Support||no||vs||no|
|Graphics||Radeon HD 8650G||Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile|
|Base GPU Frequency||533 MHz||vs||650 MHz|
|Max GPU Frequency||720 MHz||vs||1350 MHz|
|Package Size||-||vs||37.5 X 37.5|
|Mini Review||AMD A10-5757M is a mobile Quad Core processor, part of AMD's APU processors based on Richland, and thus fabricated using a 32nm technology. It sports four cores, clocked at 2.5GHz, and reaching 3.5GHz in Turbo Mode. This APU features the Radeon HD 8650G, clocked at 600MHz, which goes up to 720Mhz when Turbo is enabled. It supports DDR3-1600MHz RAM, and its thermal design power is only 35 watts. Compared to A10-5750M, this processor's onboard GPU is clocked at a higher base frequency, however the maximum memmory supported drops from 1866Mhz to 1600MHz.||Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture. |
It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.6GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.
The processor integrates mildly powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4000, with 16 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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.
|AMD Power Management||Intel Quick Sync Video|
|AMDBusiness Class||Intel InTru 3D|
|AMD Black Edition||Intel Insider|
|Intel Wireless Display|
|Intel Flexible Display|
|Intel Clear Video HD|
|Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O|
|Intel Trusted Execution|
|AES New Instructions|
|Execute Disable Bit|
|Intel VT-x with EPT|