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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-4455M Dual-Core Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 592% 25%
Hitman 3 832% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 832% 68%
Resident Evil 8 669% 39%
FIFA 21 547% 17%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1038% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 571% 21%
Genshin Impact 424% 5%
The Medium 1088% 114%
Far Cry 6 992% 97%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A6-4455M Dual-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 A6-4455M Dual-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and so the APU A6-4455M Dual-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has 2 more cores than the APU A6-4455M Dual-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i7-2630QM 4-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 A6-4455M Dual-Core and Core i7-2630QM 4-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 A6-4455M Dual-Core 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 A6-4455M Dual-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and although the APU A6-4455M Dual-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 APU A6-4455M Dual-Core has a 28 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 32 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the APU A6-4455M Dual-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-4455M Dual-Core and the Core i7-2630QM 4-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 CodenameTrinitySandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 827(FP2)rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date15 May 201209 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads-vs8
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.9 GHz
Max TDP17 Wvs45 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size96 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 7500GHD i7 2630QM
Base GPU Frequency327 MHzvs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11.1vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHeterogeneous System Architecture ("HSA"), formerly known as Fusion System Architecture ("FSA"), is the marketing name for a series of APUs by AMD, aimed at providing good performance with low power consumption, and integrating a central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) based on a mobile stand-alone GPU. Fusion was announced in 2006 and has been in development since then. The final design is the product of the merger between AMD and ATI, combining general processor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of modern GPUs (like GPGPU computation) into a single die. This technology was shown to the general public in January 2011 at CES. Second-generation "Trinity" parts released in June 2012.Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is a high-end mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.0GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates relatively weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 2630QM, with 12 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 45W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.