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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 284% 121%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 185% 64%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 284% 121%
Cyberpunk 2077 226% 87%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 317% 140%
Borderlands 3 284% 121%
FIFA 20 175% 58%
The Outer Worlds 236% 93%
eFootball PES 2020 216% 81%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 324% 144%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 i3-3110M 2.4GHz was released less than a year after the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.4 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz manages to provide slightly better performance than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz.

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 Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, we have to look back to the clock rate, where the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz wins out.

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 i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 22 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz and the Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz 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.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

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 Core Details

CPU CodenameIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date24 Jun 201203 Jun 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.5 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000 MobileIntel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency650 MHzvs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1350 MHzvs1350 MHz
DirectX11vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIvy Bridge is the codename for Intel's 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture based on tri-gate ("3D") transistors. Ivy Bridge processors will be backwards-compatible with the Sandy Bridge platform, but might require a firmware update (vendor specific). Intel has released new 7-series Panther Point chipsets with integrated USB 3.0 to complement Ivy Bridge.Intel announced that volume production of Ivy Bridge chips began in the third quarter of 2011. Quad-core and dual-core-mobile models launched on April 29, 2012 and May 31, 2012 respectively. Meanwhile, Core i3 desktop processors are said to arrive in the third quarter of 2012.Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.5GHz 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 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 is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

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