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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-5200M Quad-Core Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 267% 303%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 394% 442%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 256% 290%
FIFA 21 243% 277%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 316% 356%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 295% 333%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 471% 526%
Watch Dogs Legion 394% 442%
Genshin Impact 178% 205%
Grand Theft Auto VI 503% 562%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-5200M Quad-Core is very slightly better than the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz 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 A6-5200M Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and so the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-620UE 2-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A6-5200M Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the AMD APU A6-5200M Quad-Core and the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A6-5200M Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-620UE 2-Core 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 APU A6-5200M Quad-Core and Core i7-620UE 2-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 A6-5200M Quad-Core has a 0.94 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 probably a good indicator that the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core is superior.

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 A6-5200M Quad-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and although the APU A6-5200M Quad-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 i7-620UE 2-Core has a 7 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core. However, the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core was created with a 4 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the APU A6-5200M Quad-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKabiniArrandale
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date23 May 201307 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.133 GHz
Max TDP25 Wvs18 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A6-5200M Quad-Core is a Quad-Core Mobile processor for entry-level notebooks.
It offers 4 Kabini Cores of the Jaguar architectures and 2MB of L2 Cache. The Jaguar architecture offers improvements in the clock frequencies and intrusctions per core, when compared to the Bobcat architecture.
Still, the processor offers only modest performance and should only be paired with middle-class mobile graphics cards.
Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.067GHz, which may go up to 2.133GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 620UE, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, 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 18W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.