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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz
Grand Theft Auto VI 450% 640%
New World 236% 353%
Resident Evil 8 546% 770%
The Ascent 696% 971%
Battlefield 2042 368% 530%
Far Cry 6 428% 610%
FIFA 22 213% 321%
Halo Infinite 368% 530%
Forza Horizon 5 236% 353%
Age of Empires IV 272% 400%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz was released less than a year after the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz and the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz and the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz and the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 0.3 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz manages to provide slightly better performance than the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz.

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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz and the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz 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 i3-3227U 1.9GHz and the Core i3-3217UE 1.6GHz have the same TDP of 17 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 i3-3217UE 1.6GHz 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 Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz, 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 CodenameIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1023BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date20 Jan 201301 Jul 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.9 GHzvs1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP17 Wvs17 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
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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
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

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

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-3227U 1.9GHz is an ULV processor based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture with many important features activated such as Hyper-Threading (but not Turbo Boost), which is optimized for low power consumption.
It features 2 Cores (4 Threads), clocked at 1.9GHz and integrated graphics called Intel HD 4000 which run at 350MHz (1100 MHz in Turbo mode). The CPU supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory types.
Its performance is below the average and it should only be paired with entry-level GFX such as GeForce 610M or Radeon HD 7490M.
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.