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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 121% 284%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 64% 185%
Cyberpunk 2077 88% 226%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 22% 111%
FIFA 20 58% 175%
The Outer Worlds 141% 317%
Borderlands 3 121% 284%
Need For Speed Heat 87% 225%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 145% 324%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 121% 284%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 i5-4200M 2.5GHz was released over a year more recently than the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz, and so the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are too similar to judge.

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 i3-3110M 2.4GHz has a 2 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 i5-4200M 2.5GHz and the Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz 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 CodenameHaswellIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201324 Jun 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.1 GHzvs-
Max TDP37 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
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
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i5 4200MIntel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs1350 MHz
DirectX11.1vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-4200M 2.5GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.5GHz, which may go up to 3.1GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD i5 4200M (variant of Intel HD Graphics 4600), with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 400MHz 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 37W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
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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