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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz APU A10-5750M Quad-Core
Red Dead Redemption 2 132% 249%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 72% 159%
Halo: Reach 4% 44%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 157% 286%
FIFA 20 66% 150%
Borderlands 3 132% 249%
Cyberpunk 2077 97% 197%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 132% 249%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 132% 249%
eFootball PES 2020 91% 187%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is massively 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 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 A10-5750M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz. 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 Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz and the AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core have the same number of threads. The APU A10-5750M 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 Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz and APU A10-5750M 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 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 A10-5750M Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz, 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 Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz and the APU A10-5750M Quad-Core 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 Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz and the APU A10-5750M 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.

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 BridgeRichland
MoBo SocketBGA 1023Socket FS1
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date20 Jan 201312 Mar 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs4096 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000 MobileRadeon HD 8650G
Base GPU Frequency650 MHzvs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1350 MHzvs720 MHz
DirectX11vs11.1
Displays Supported3vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5 X 37.5vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision3vs-
PCIe Configurations3vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 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.
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.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options

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