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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-5150M Dual-Core Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 497% 284%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 342% 185%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 497% 284%
Cyberpunk 2077 407% 226%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 549% 317%
Borderlands 3 497% 284%
FIFA 20 327% 175%
The Outer Worlds 422% 236%
eFootball PES 2020 391% 216%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 559% 324%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz is significantly better than the AMD APU A4-5150M 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 A4-5150M Dual-Core was released less than a year after the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The APU A4-5150M Dual-Core and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 APU A4-5150M Dual-Core and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 APU A4-5150M Dual-Core and Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 A4-5150M Dual-Core has a 0.3 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 .

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 A4-5150M Dual-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz, and although the APU A4-5150M 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.

Both the APU A4-5150M Dual-Core and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz have the same TDP of 35 Watts, but the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The APU A4-5150M Dual-Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameRichlandIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket FS1rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 Mar 201324 Jun 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.7 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs3 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1350 MHz
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-5150M Dual-Core is an entry-level mobile processor based on the 32nm, Richland micro-architecture.
It offers 2 Cores, initially clocked at 2.7GHz that go up to 3.3GHz, in Turbo Mode and 1MB of L2 Cache. It features integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8350G which offer 128 Shader Processing Units and are substantially faster than previous Radeon HD 7420G. The max memory speed supported by the CPU is DDR3-1600. It consumes up to 35 Watt.
This CPU should only be paired with middle-class GPUs such as Radeon HD 7650M/GeForce GT 630M.
Ivy 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.

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