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In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz is significantly better than the Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz 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 i5-4210U 1.7GHz was released less than a year after the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Intel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz use hyperthreading. The Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 0.8 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz manages to provide significantly better performance than the Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz. What is more, the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz also manages to eke 0.4 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 i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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.

The Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz has a 22 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 i5-4210U 1.7GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz and the Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz 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 CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA 1168Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date19 Jan 201401 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.7 GHzvs2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.7 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs37 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
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
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400 MobileHD i5 4200M
Base GPU Frequency200 MHzvs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1100 MHzvs1150 MHz
DirectX11.1vs11.1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-4210U 1.7GHz is a super energy efficient mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.7GHz, which may go up to 2.7GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, 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 1000MHz, 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 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.

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