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Game Core i3-4130 3.4GHz APU A4-3420 Dual-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 70% 237%
Control 118% 331%
eFootball PES 2020 64% 226%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 118% 331%
Grand Theft Auto VI 172% 439%
Borderlands 3 70% 237%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 172% 439%
Red Dead Redemption 2 128% 352%
F1 2019 128% 351%
FIFA 20 43% 184%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A4-3420 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz was released over a year more recently than the APU A4-3420 Dual-Core, and so the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i3-4130 3.4GHz and the APU A4-3420 Dual-Core 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 i3-4130 3.4GHz and the APU A4-3420 Dual-Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has 2 more threads than the APU A4-3420 Dual-Core. The APU A4-3420 Dual-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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 i3-4130 3.4GHz and APU A4-3420 Dual-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 i3-4130 3.4GHz has a 0.6 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 A4-3420 Dual-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz, and although the APU A4-3420 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 Core i3-4130 3.4GHz has a 11 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A4-3420 Dual-Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 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).

The Core i3-4130 3.4GHz and the APU A4-3420 Dual-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.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellLlano
MoBo SocketLGA 1150Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Sep 201326 Dec 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP54 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs-
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400 DesktopRadeon HD 6410D
Base GPU Frequency-vs600 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11.1vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-4130 3.4GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.4GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4400, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, 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 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
APU A4-3420 Dual-Core is an entry-level CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.8GHz and 1MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates weak Graphics called Radeon HD 6410D, with 160 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 600MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

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