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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-7400P Quad-Core Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 177% 93%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 273% 160%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 168% 87%
FIFA 21 159% 81%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 214% 119%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 331% 200%
Watch Dogs Legion 273% 160%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 214% 119%
Grand Theft Auto VI 355% 218%
Genshin Impact 110% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A10-7400P Quad-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 APU A10-7400P Quad-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and so the APU A10-7400P Quad-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A10-7400P Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core. With 4 cores, the APU A10-7400P 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 A10-7400P Quad-Core and the Intel Core i7-4550U 2-Core 1.5GHz have the same number of threads. The APU A10-7400P Quad-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-4550U 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 A10-7400P Quad-Core and Core i7-4550U 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 A10-7400P Quad-Core has a 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. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the APU A10-7400P 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 A10-7400P Quad-Core has a 3584 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-4550U 2-Core, and although the APU A10-7400P 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 i7-4550U 2-Core has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A10-7400P Quad-Core, and was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-4550U 2-Core 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 APU A10-7400P Quad-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 CodenameKaveriHaswell
MoBo SocketBGA (FP3)BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Jun 201402 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.5 GHzvs1.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.4 GHzvs3 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs15 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature102°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R6 7400PIntel HD Graphics 5000 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency654 MHzvs200 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1100 MHz
DirectX11.2vs11.1
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A10-7400P Quad-Core is a middle-class processor based on the 28nm, Kaveri microarchitecture.
It offers 4 Cores initially clocked at 1.9 GHz that go up to 3.2GHz, in Turbo Mode and has a power consumption of up to 35 Watts.
It also offers decent integrated graphics called Radeon R6 7400P which should offer modest gaming at 720p.
The APU's performance proves to be average thus, the processor should only be paired with up to fast-middle-class Graphics Cards, such as GeForce 840M.
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.