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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-4510U 2-Core 2.0GHz Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 93%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 147% 160%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 78% 87%
Watch Dogs Legion 147% 160%
FIFA 21 72% 81%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 108% 119%
Godfall 255% 273%
Grand Theft Auto VI 202% 218%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 186% 200%
Genshin Impact 39% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4510U 2-Core 2.0GHz is very slightly better than the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz 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 i7-4510U 2-Core was released less than a year after the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-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 i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core i7-4510U 2-Core 2.0GHz and the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i7-4510U 2-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core has 2.

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 i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core 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 0.5 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i7-4510U 2-Core manages to provide noticeably better performance than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core. What is more, the Core i7-4510U 2-Core also manages to eke 0.1 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

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 i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core 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 i7-4510U 2-Core 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 i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-Core have the same TDP of 15 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 i7-4510U 2-Core and the Core i7-4550U 2-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.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA 1168BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201302 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.1 GHzvs3 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs15 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400 MobileIntel HD Graphics 5000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency200 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1100 MHzvs1100 MHz
DirectX11.1vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-4510U 2-Core 2.1GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 3.1GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4400, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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 15W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.5GHz, which may go up to 3.0GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates quite powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 5000, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 200MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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 15W.

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