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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A8-5545M Quad-Core Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 251% 303%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 373% 442%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 240% 290%
FIFA 21 228% 277%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 298% 356%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 446% 526%
Watch Dogs Legion 373% 442%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 298% 356%
Grand Theft Auto VI 477% 562%
Genshin Impact 166% 205%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A8-5545M Quad-Core is very slightly better than the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz 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 A8-5545M Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and so the APU A8-5545M Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-620UE 2-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A8-5545M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A8-5545M 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 APU A8-5545M Quad-Core and Core i7-620UE 2-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 APU A8-5545M Quad-Core has a 0.64 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 A8-5545M 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 A8-5545M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and although the APU A8-5545M 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.

The Core i7-620UE 2-Core has a 1 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A8-5545M Quad-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i7-620UE 2-Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameRichlandArrandale
MoBo SocketBGA 827(FP2)BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date23 May 201307 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed1.7 GHzvs1.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.133 GHz
Max TDP19 Wvs18 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A8-5545M Quad-Core is an ULV processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture.
It offers 4 Cores, initially clocked at 1.7GHz that go up to 2.7GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8510G offers 256 Shader Processing Units and are substantially faster than previous Radeon HD 7520G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1333. It consumes up to 195 Watt.
This CPU should only be paired with middle-class Graphics Cards such as Radeon HD 7670M/GT 630M.
Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.067GHz, which may go up to 2.133GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 620UE, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, 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 18W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.